2 May 2020

Covid-19: Six new cases and further death reported for 2 May

5:49 pm on 2 May 2020

There are six new cases of Covid-19 in New Zealand and one further death today, while two clusters have also closed today.

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.

Chch Rosewood aged care facility with COVID-19 cases

Photo: RNZ / Nate McKinnon

In a statement, the Ministry of Health said there were six new cases of Covid-19 today, bringing the total number of confirmed and probable cases to 1485. Two of the new cases are confirmed while four are probable.

Five of the new cases have links to a known source, while one is still being investigated.

So far, 1263 people have recovered - that's 85 percent of the total cases. Five people remain in hospital.

The death toll has gone up to 20 now, after a Rosewood Rest Home resident in his 80s - who was transferred to Burwood Hospital - died this morning.

He was George Hollings, whose family have said they would remember "as real Kiwi bloke, a rough diamond, who loved his deer stalking".

The ministry has said he was considered to be a probable case of Covid-19, and had underlying health conditions.

The family has asked for privacy to grieve, and paid tribute to the staff who took care of him.

"We can't speak highly enough of the care Dad received. You've clearly chosen the best, most compassionate staff to work at Burwood," they said in a statement.

There are still 16 significant clusters in the country, three of which are now considered to be closed as there is no longer any apparent transmission of the virus in those groups.

A Covid-19 cluster is considered be closed after a total of 28 consecutive days - or two incubation periods for the virus - since its most recent report date of a reported case.

The three closed clusters are the Wellington wedding cluster (closed 25 April) and the two clusters linked with group travel to the United States - one in Wellington and the other in Auckland - closed today.

  • 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

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