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.

Speakers:

  • Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern
  • Dr Ashley Bloomfield, Director-General of Health

Ministry of Health Update:

  • 26 new confirmed, 24 probable cases, 50 total new cases
  • 282 people who have recovered
  • 1210 total cases
  • 12 in hospital, 4 ICU in critical condition
  • 3343 is the 7 day rolling average number of tests
  • 4098 tests tests yesterday, highest number of tests on a single day
  • Over 45,000 tests
  • Community transmission at 2%
  • Clusters: Marist 84, Matamata 62 Bluff 81
  • People should not hesitate to go to the doctor if they need to for flu vaccines or regular care for chronic conditions.
  • For perspective, 45,000 tests isn’t even 1% of our population.
  • Bloomfield admits that close contacts of people with Covid-19 will still not be tested if they are asymptomatic. Why not? Over 80% of C-19 people don’t show symptoms so they may be positive and infecting others, but we aren’t testing them!
  • Bloomfield said he’d heard of reports of long waits for results, and said if the test is positive, the person is contacted immediately by the public health unit. Negative result has taken some time to get back.
  • Aim is to process swabs within 24 hours and then report the results from there and everybody should be notified within the next 24 hours. So that is the aim…What are they achieving now?

Prime Minister Update:

  • Optimistic corner has been turned, but thinks there may be bumps along the way.
  • Churches will stay closed over the Easter Weekend. Says she knows this will be hard but hopes live streams of services can help.
  • The Government is spending $330m to support air freight over the next six months.
  • Quoting Nigel Latta, the same fool who said this was just the flu. Yeah, really, she’s quoting him.
  • For Kiwis stuck in the Pacific, Ardern said the defence force’s P3 is going in first and then they’re waiting to hear what supplies are needed. After that, plans to evacuate Kiwis there will be looked at.
  • Re: 5G conspiracy, Ardern said “that is not true” and “I can’t state it clearly enough”. She said she almost hesitated to answer it on this platform because “it is just not true”. Munters are burning 5G cabinets in Christchurch
  • Public health response has been carefully tailored for Maori and Pasifika communities. But hang on, we’ve been told that Covid-19 targets everyone regardless of race.

Yesterday’s details.

  • 32 new confirmed, 22 probable cases, 54 total new cases
  • 241 people who have recovered
  • 1160 total cases
  • 12 in hospital, 4 ICU in critical condition
  • 3063 is the 7 day rolling average number of tests
  • 2908 tests yesterday
  • 42,826 tests completed so far


COVID-19 – current cases

Total to dateNew in last 24 hours
Number of confirmed cases in New Zealand96926
Number of probable cases24124
Number of confirmed and probable cases1,21050
Number of cases in hospital12 
Number of recovered cases28241
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

DHBNumber of casesChange in last 24 hours
Auckland1552
Bay of Plenty382
Canterbury11415
Capital and Coast820
Counties Manukau924
Hawke’s Bay352
Hutt Valley211
Lakes120
MidCentral280
Nelson Marlborough462
Northland202
South Canterbury100
Southern1958
Tair?whiti10
Taranaki140
Waikato1593
Wairarapa80
Waitemata1699
West Coast40
Whanganui70
Total121050

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

Total cases in hospital by DHB

DHBTotal cases
Auckland2
Capital & Coast (Wellington)2
Counties Manukau (Middlemore)2
South Canterbury1
Southern (Lakes District & Dunedin)2
Waikato1
Waitemata2
Total12

Note: Four of the 12 in hospital are in ICU.

Epidemic Curve

Total Cases by Age and Gender

Ethnicity percentages of all cases

Transmission

This information refers to the 1,210 confirmed and probable cases as at 9.00 am 8 April 2020.

Transmission type % of cases
Recent overseas travel41%
Contact with known case43%
Community transmission2%
Source under investigation14%

Lab testing

Lab TestingTestsDate
Total tested yesterday4,0987 April 2020
7-day rolling average3,3431 to 7 April 2020
Total tested to date46,8759 March to 7 April 2020
Supplies in stock49,1938 April 2020

Note: 1 new laboratory – Pathlab Tauranga – started testing on 4 April 2020.

COVID-19 – tests by day and cumulative

DateTests per DayTotal Tests (Cumulative)
9-Mar1212
10-Mar89101
11-Mar83184
12-Mar31215
13-Mar35250
14-Mar34284
15-Mar142426
16-Mar325751
17-Mar6591410
18-Mar12092619
19-Mar12913910
20-Mar15545464
21-Mar11766640
22-Mar12567896
23-Mar10508946
24-Mar154410490
25-Mar259213082
26-Mar211715199
27-Mar206717266
28-Mar180919075
29-Mar91819993
30-Mar139121384
31-Mar209323477
1-Apr256226039
2-Apr344629485
3-Apr363133116
4-Apr309336209
5-Apr370939918
6-Apr290842826
7-Apr404946875

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