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
- 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.
- 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 date||New in last 24 hours|
|Number of confirmed cases in New Zealand||262||73|
|Number of probable cases||21||5|
|Number of confirmed and probable cases||283||78|
|Number of cases in hospital||7||2|
|Number of recovered cases||27||5|
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).
|DHB||Confirmed cases||Probable cases||Total cases|
|Bay of Plenty||3||0||3|
|Capital and Coast||35||4||39|