18 Apr 2020

As it happened: Covid-19 updates from NZ and around the world

1:56 pm on 18 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.

The government has revealed there are 13 new cases of Covid-19 in New Zealand.

Christchurch's mobile testing station for Covid-19 coronavirus at Pak n Save on Moorhouse Ave.

Photo: RNZ / Nate McKinnon

The new cases are made up of 8 confirmed cases and 5 new probable cases.

There have been no further deaths recorded.

The new combined total of confirmed and probable cases in New Zealand is 1422.

There are now 867 reported cases of Covid-19 who have recovered - an increase of 51 on yesterday.

There are 20 people in hospital with Covid-19. That includes three people in ICU - one each in Middlemore, Dunedin and North Shore hospitals. Two of the ICU patients - in Dunedin and North Shore - are in a critical condition.

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