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

The All of Government COVID-19 National Response will provide an update at 1.00 pm today.


  • Sarah Stuart-Black, Director of Civil Defence Emergency Management – update on Covid-19 national response
  • Dr Ashley Bloomfield, Director-General of Health – health update

Ministry of Health Update:

  • 49 new and 22 probable cases, 71 total new
  • 868 total cases
  • 2000 tests per day
  • 103 people have recovered.
  • Bizarrely, unlike the rest of the world, a negative test is not required to declare someone as recovered
  • Bloomfield misleads again on what “recovered” means. NZ seems to have its own definition. We are not aligned with any other country.
  • Gives the fourth definition so far of what “recovered” means
  • Now 10 clusters
  • The Marist College cluster now has 59 cases and growing
  • 135 people in quarantine, meaning they were symptomatic on arrival.People without sufficient and socially isolated plans to travel to their home, they are put into “managed accommodation”. There were 1405 people in such accommodation.
  • Latest advice from WHO on the progression of the virus. “The average time between being exposed to, and developing symptoms, is five to six days,” he said. Pre-symptomatic people can infect others, in some cases, he said. “It may be that people are infectious for one to three days before they develop symptoms.”
  • Bluff cluster had a greater number of cases, which was to be expected. The cluster of cases have come from a wedding.
  • Bloomfield also coughed into his hands

Yesterday’s details.

  • 76 new confirmed and 13 new probable cases – or 89 new cases in total.
  • 797 is new total cases
  • 2563 tests were processed yesterday
  • 92 of those people have recovered.

COVID-19 – current cases

 Total to dateNew in last 24 hours
Number of confirmed cases in New Zealand77249
Number of probable cases9622
Number of confirmed and probable cases86871
Number of cases in hospital13
Number of recovered cases10311
Number of deaths1 

View full details of the confirmed cases.

View details of significant COVID-19 clusters.

View interactive map and dashboard

Confirmed and probable cases by DHB

Note: Yesterday (2 April 2020) Taranaki showed 15 Cases. This was an input error by the PHU which has since been rectified.

Total cases by DHB in hospital

DHBTotal cases
Auckland City Hospital1
Middlemore Hospital1
Tauranga Hospital1
Tairawhiti/Gisborne Hospital1
Waikato Hospital1
Hawkes Bay Hospital1
Wellington City Hospital3
Wairau Hospital, Blenheim1

Note: One of the 13 in hospital is in ICU and is stable

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

DHBTotal casesNew in last 24 hours
Bay of Plenty287
Capital and Coast663
Counties Manukau623
Hawke’s Bay245
Hutt Valley172
Nelson Marlborough303
South Canterbury10
West Coast3

Note: Yesterday (2 April 2020) Taranaki showed 15 Cases. This was an input error by the PHU which has since been rectified.

Ethnicity percentages of all cases

EthnicityNo. of cases
European or Other628
Middle Eastern / Latin American / African21
Pacific People23


This information refers to the 868 confirmed and probable cases as at 9.00 am 3 April 2020.

Source of transmission % of cases
Recent overseas travel49%
Contact with known case33%
Community transmission1%
Source under investigation17%

Lab testing

Lab testingTestsDate range
7-day rolling average2,041 (per day)27 March – 2 April 2020
Total lab tests to date29,4859 March – 2 April 2020


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