14 Jun 2020

Covid-19: Twenty-three days without a new case in New Zealand

2:23 pm on 14 June 2020

New Zealand has now gone 23 days without a new case of Covid-19.

Covid-19 coronavirus particles, illustration. SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus (previously 2019-nCoV) was first identified in Wuhan, China, in December 2019. It is an enveloped RNA (ribonucleic acid) virus. SARS-CoV-2 causes the respiratory infection Covid-19, which can lead to fatal pneumonia.

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In a statement released this afternoon, the Ministry of Health said the number of confirmed cases remains at 1154 and the combined total of confirmed and probable cases is still 1504.

Laboratories carried out 2487 tests yesterday. There have now been a total of 310,297 tests carried out in New Zealand.

The last day that New Zealand reported an active case of Covid-19 was on 22 May.

The Ministry of Health has also launched a self-service portal, to make it easier for businesses to get the official QR code posters.

The quick response codes are scanned by cellphones to use for contact tracing if there is another Covid-19 outbreak.

The Ministry says all that is needed are details of the business's address, contact information and a valid New Zealand driver licence.

For businesses with a large number of premises, the process to acquire posters can be done over the phone.

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