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:

  • 52 new and 30 probable cases, 82 total new
  • 950 total cases
  • 10 in hospital, 1 in ICU
  • 127 people have “recovered”.
  • 2264 rolling seven day average for testing, 3631 tests completed yesterday
  • 33,116 total tests
  • Capacity to do 6,000 tests per day
  • 100,000 nasal and throat swabs in stocks, and 37,000 full test kits
  • Less than half of all cases, 47% are strongly linked with travel. First time it is less than 50%. Now more than 50% are community spread.
  • 10 clusters, still growing
  • No changes to recovery definition. New Zealand will STILL NOT test for negative results before declaring someone as “recovered”. NZ is alone in the world for this definition.
  • Not revising advice regarding masks. Ignoring US CDC advice overnight for Americans to wear masks.
  • Say they are waiting to see what the advice says from CDC. To help them, here it is: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/prevent-getting-sick/cloth-face-cover.html
  • Discounting situation in USA, saying NZ is better off than US. This is pretty lackadaisical advice from Bloomfield.
  • Continuing government talking points that we went hard and early.
  • Talking about flattening off of cases, but they’ve only just expanding criteria for testing. Until recently they’ve only been testing travel-related cases. Big assumptions being made here.
  • Government spin lines now delivered directly by civil servants

Yesterday’s details.

  • 49 new and 22 probable cases, 71 total new
  • 868 total cases
  • 2000 tests per day
  • 103 people have recovered.


COVID-19 – current cases

 Total to dateNew in last 24 hours
Number of confirmed cases in New Zealand82452
Number of probable cases12630
Number of confirmed and probable cases95082
Number of cases in hospital10 
Number of recovered cases12724
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

Total cases by DHB in hospital

DHBTotal cases
Bay of Plenty1
Capital & Coast3
Counties Manukau1
Nelson Marlborough1

Note: One of the 10 in hospital is in ICU and is stable

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

DHBNumber of casesChange in last 24 hours
Bay of Plenty302
Capital and Coast737
Counties Manukau708
Hawke’s Bay295
Hutt Valley181
Nelson Marlborough322
South Canterbury100
West Coast41

Epidemic Curve

Total Cases by Age and Gender

Ethnicity percentages of all cases


This information refers to the 950 confirmed and probable cases as at 9.00 am 4 April 2020.

Transmission type % of cases
Recent overseas travel47%
Contact with known case34%
Community transmission1%
Source under investigation17%

Source: ESR EpiSurv extract as at 09:00 4 April 2020

Lab testing

Lab TestingTests% DifferenceDate
Daily total3,6315%3 April 2020
7-day rolling average2,26411%28 March to 3 April 2020
Total tested to date33,11612%9 March to 3 April 2020
Test capacity6,27115%4 April 2020
Supplies in stock24,886-34%4 April 2020

Source: ESR EpiSurv extract as at 09:00 4 April 2020


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