14 Apr 2020

As it happened: Covid-19 updates from New Zealand and around the world on 14 April

6:26 pm on 14 April 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 have been a total of 17 new Covid-19 cases in the past 24 hours - eight confirmed and nine probable.

Director-General of Health Dr Ashley Bloomfield said this afternoon the total number of cases is now 1366. There are 15 people in hospital, with three in ICU, and one is in a critical condition.

Dr Bloomfield said 1572 tests were processed yesterday. About 64,400 tests have been taken in total.

The total number of people who have recovered from the coronavirus is 628, an increase of 82 since yesterday.

He said it was clear that New Zealand was past the peak under this alert level.

"We will be more confident once we know more about each of those new cases that has been occurring in the past week."

Further testing would provide even more confidence, Dr Bloomfield said.

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