14 May 2020

No new cases of Covid-19 reported in New Zealand for third day in row

1:26 pm on 14 May 2020

No new cases of Covid-19 have been reported in New Zealand for the third day running, the Health Ministry has confirmed.

Ministry of health

Photo: RNZ / Richard Tindiller

There have also been no further deaths.

The total number of confirmed and probable cases in New Zealand remains at 1497, of which 1147 are confirmed.

There are two people receiving hospital level care for Covid-19 - one each in Auckland and Middlemore hospitals. Neither are in ICU.

The Ministry of Health said there were 6568 tests carried out yesterday, bringing the total number of tests to 209,613.

There are still 16 significant clusters, and while the Health Ministry had previously said four of these clusters were closed, they have now changed the definition of a closed cluster.

Instead of being two full transmission periods (the equivalent of 28 days) since their last case was notified, it will now be two full transmission periods since the last case completed their isolation period.

This means the previous closed clusters are now not considered closed, and the Ministry do not expect any of the existing clusters to meet the new definition until later this month.

The ministry did not hold a media conference today.

Yesterday New Zealand had no new cases of Covid-19 for a second day in a row.

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