3 Apr 2020

Covid-19 update: 71 new cases, down from yesterday's high, but clusters increase

2:37 pm on 3 April 2020

The number of new Covid-19 cases has dropped from yesterday's daily high of 89 to 71 today, but the number of clusters throughout the country has risen from seven to 10, the Health Ministry has confirmed.

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Director-General of Health Dr Ashley Bloomfield said there were 49 news confirmed cases and 22 new probable cases of Covid-19, bringing New Zealand's total cases to 868.

Yesterday, New Zealand recorded its biggest increase in Covid-19 infections in one day as the Health Ministry confirmed 89 new cases.

Dr Bloomfield said 103 people had now recovered from the coronavirus, 13 people were in a stable condition in hospital. One was in ICU in a stable condition.

The number of significant clusters - defined at 10 or more cases from the same gathering - rose to 10.

Dr Bloomfield said the biggest clusters are in Marist School with 59 cases; a wedding in Bluff, with 53; and Matamata, with 49 people.

There have been no further deaths, 1 percent of cases are being treated as community transmission, while 49 percent have a direct link to overseas travel.

There have been 29,485 tests in total carried out, with a high of 3446 tests carried out yesterday.

"We now have the capacity to do over 5400 tests each day in New Zealand," Dr Bloomfield said.

He said there were 135 people in quarantine after arriving in the country with symptoms.

Global Covid-19 cases now exceed 1 million.

Speaking at the conference, Director of Civil Defence Emergency Management Sarah Stuart-Black said the national action plan would be published on the Covid-19 website today.

"These are standard documents produced in emergency responses that describe how response objectives will be achieved. These are not secret documents and they are distributed widely across agencies involved in the response," she said.

"There shouldn't be anything in these documents that should surprise people, we've been open about what we're trying to achieve with the national response."

She said having an action plan meant all involved in the response are on the same page.

  • 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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