We are at Level 4 of New Zealand’s four-level COVID-19 alert system. It is likely Level 4 measures will stay in place for a number of weeks. More information on alert levels.

  • Everyone must now stay home, except those providing essential services.
  • Only make physical contact with those that you live with.

Government COVID-19 Response Briefing

Ministry of Health Update:

  • 78 new cases
  • 73 new, 5 new probable cases
  • Total cases is now 283
  • 27 recovered
  • 7 in hospital, 3 Wellington, 2 Nelson, 1 Waikato
  • 2417 test processed yesterday, 12683 total tests, average daily tests 1400
  • Marist College and World Hereford Conference, a Wellington wedding, a organised group trip to US, a rest home in Hamilton and Ruby Princess visit to Hawkes Bay are likely clusters
  • 11 linked to Marist College
  • Plan to make PPE available for medical staff and essential workers like supermarket workers.
  • 600 more PPE sent to DHB’s today, but we are manufacturing 200k per day, he said.
  • Pharmac changes effective 1159 this evening. No problem with supply chain.
    • Limit dispensing to 1 month supply, 3 months supply for contraceptives

Police Update:

  • Tarrant guilty verdict covered. Praise for Police and prosecution.
  • Day 1 – responding to level 4. Majority of Kiwis complying.
  • Consequences of non-compliance is avoidable deaths
  • Discretionary approach with warnings and challenges. People need to comply
  • Explains how people are met at the borders.
    • Triaged
    • Any symptoms, immediate quarantine at hotels
    • If you have a plan or place to go you will be assisted to get there
    • Only 1 person may greet people and take them to self-isolation. Police will enforce this.
    • 360 processed at border. 8 had symptoms, now in quarantine. 168 with no plans for isolation temporarily detained for processing.
  • Many people stopped by Police said they had no idea of the Level 4 requirements. Names and details being recorded for repeat offenders.
  • Police will prosecute serious and prolific breaches.
  • Stop driving around. Stay home to stay alive.

COVID-19 – current cases

Last updated 1:30 pm, 26 March 2020.

We’ll be updating this page as new information is available.


 Total to dateNew in last 24 hours
Number of confirmed cases in New Zealand26273
Number of probable cases215
Number of confirmed and probable cases28378
Number of cases in hospital72
Number of recovered cases275

Confirmed and probable cases by DHB

As at 9.30 am, 26 March 2020

Download the Map of confirmed and probable cases by DHB (PDF, 282 KB).

DHBConfirmed casesProbable casesTotal cases
Bay of Plenty303
Capital and Coast35439
Counties Manukau23225
Hawke’s Bay336
Hutt Valley516
Nelson Marlborough16117
South Canterbury202
West Coast101


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