28 Mar 2020

As it happened: Covid-19 updates in NZ and around the world on 28 March

8:07 pm on 28 March 2020

As Covid-19 spreads around the world, it can be daunting keeping up with the information. For RNZ, our responsibility is to give you verified, up to the minute, trustworthy information to help you make decisions about your lives and your health. We'll also be asking questions of officials and decision makers about how they're responding to the virus. Our aim is to keep you informed.

Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern spoke to her followers on Facebook from her office in Premier House.

Her chat lasted about 15 minutes and garnered more than 310,000 views.

She discussed wage subsidies for full-time and part-time workers, PPE supplies for frontline workers among a host of other Covid-19 concerns put forth by those watching the live stream.

Earlier today Air New Zealand said eight employees - who work on the airline's long haul fleet and operated sectors to Los Angeles or London - have tested positive for Covid-19.

One of the staff has now recovered.

There are now 83 new cases of Covid-19 - made up of 78 new confirmed cases and five probable cases. Two people are in intensive care in a critical condition.

The total number of confirmed and probable cases in New Zealand is now 451, with overseas travel and links to confirmed cases still being the most significant infection path.

  • If you have symptoms of the coronavirus, call the NZ Covid-19 Healthline on 0800 358 5453 (+64 9 358 5453 for international SIMs) or call your GP - don't show up at a medical centre

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