31 Mar 2020

Covid-19 live updates: Developments in NZ and around the world on 31 March

7:54 pm on 31 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.

There are now 14 significant clusters of Covid-19 in New Zealand, eight more than yesterday, says the Ministry of Health.

The new clusters include an Air Force rugby team visit to the US and a wedding in Bluff.

Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said this afternoon that there have been 21,384 tests have been conducted in total.

She said it has been recommended that testing requirements be broadened. People who don't have a history of travel or exposure to another case can be tested.

Meanwhile, the State of National Emergency has been extended for another seven days.

It was put in place last week as New Zealand prepared to go into a level 4 alert and can be extended as many times as necessary.

The State of Emergency is different from the four-week lockdown New Zealand is currently in. The length of the lockdown is still four weeks at this stage.

  • 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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