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:

  • 85 new cases
  • 76 new confirmed cases, 9 probable
  • 37 recovered
  • 8 in hospital. 6 stable, 2 less stable. 1 in ICU in Nelson, been there for some days
  • Average of 1479 tests each day
  • Total of 368 total cases
  • Most of the cases are still related to overseas travel. There are no new clusters being investigated other than the ones from yesterday.
  • More than 18 million masks across the country.
  • Call for retired medical staff and others not currently in work to call in and help if possible.
  • Kiwis should do their best to take care of their families by staying active (within their bubble) but otherwise staying home.
  • PPE distribution systems are being improved.
  • Need for PPE for health workers and essential staff
  • Ministry are issuing new guidance on when to use PPE.
  • The definition of “recovered” is getting over your symptoms and staying symptom-free for a 14-day period.
  • People can call or text 1737 to discuss any mental health issues.
  • People should be staying local if at all possible. Discouraging swimming or surfing as someone might get in trouble and have to be rescued. “It’s a matter of judgement.”
  • DHBs can consider allowing some elective surgeries to take place on a case-by-case basis.

Key Dates

26 Mar – Alert Level 4 commenced
28 Mar – School holidays begin
10–14 Apr – Easter including Easter Tues
15 Apr – Term 2 begins through distance learning
22 Apr – Current date for ending of lockdown period
25 Apr – ANZAC Day (Saturday)
27 Apr – ANZAC Day statutory holiday

COVID-19 – current cases

Last updated 1:15 pm, 27 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 Zealand33876
Number of probable cases309
Number of confirmed and probable cases36885
Number of cases in hospital20 total to date
8 currently
Number of recovered cases3710

View full details of the confirmed cases.

Total cases by DHB

As at 9.00 am, 27 March 2020

View full details of the confirmed cases.

DHBTotal cases
Bay of Plenty6
Capital and Coast42
Counties Manukau28
Hawke’s Bay10
Hutt Valley11
Nelson Marlborough18
South Canterbury2
West Coast1

Total Cases by Age and Gender

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