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:

  • 15 new cases – 6 new confirmed and 9 new probables. No further deaths.
  • 770 recovered
  • 1401 total cases
  • 12 in hospital, 3 in ICU, 2 in critical
  • Over 3000 tests undertaken yesterday, taking total tests to over 70,000.
  • Sentinel testing going on
  • Queenstown testing underway
  • 16 significant clusters – no change from yesterday. Of the 15 new cases 11 are connected to the clusters.

Prime Minister Update:

  • Another prepared, slogan heavy speech by the PM
  • Tying economic strategy to health strategy. Risky.
  • “The last thing we want to do when moving levels is give away the gains that we have won in lockdown,” Ardern says.
  • Bizarrely claims Level 4 as elimination of contact, despite herding everyone towards supermarkets.
  • Be nice if the PM would stop saying “somethink”
  • The message to stay home remains at level 3. But there are some key differences.
  • Firstly she says keep your bubble. The more you can limit the new people you can be exposed to the better.
  •  But at level 3 you can expand your bubble a small amount. Brings up caregivers, single people wanting to see siblings etc.
  • Level 3 would move from “essential” businesses to “safe” businesses. Expectation is still to work from home if you can. But if you can’t and your business can be safely done then you could return to work. Things like construction and logging.
  • Some businesses just can’t be made safe however. Hospitality and retail will remain closed. But drive-through and takeaway food will be open. As will click and collect.
  • You won’t be able to go to a cafe but you should be able to grab a takeaway coffee. You won’t be able to go to a mall to go shopping but could click and collect at somewhere like The Warehouse.
  • Travel restrictions will remain. Ardern asks that people “keep it regional”.
  • Schools will be reopened up to year 10. But attendance is voluntary. The intention is that the schools are there for people who need them. How on earth will that work.
  • “For children who are able to we still encourage them to stay home and continue distance learning.”
  • Things like boating or jetskiing should still not happen. But swimming, surfing, fishing from the shore – that will be okay. She notes that people should not suddenly take up a new activity however.
  • Funerals will be able to go ahead – but not with any more than 10 people. Includes tangi.
  • Same with weddings, they can only be services, no meals or receptions.

Yesterday’s details:

  • 20 new cases, 6 confirmed and 14 probable
  • 728 recovered
  • 1386 Total cases
  • 3 people are in ICU, 2 of them critical.
  • 16 significant clusters – one more than yesterday. The new cluster is in Auckland and is connected to an aged-care facility.

Logarithmic Chart

COVID-19 – current cases

Total       Change in last 24 hours
Number of confirmed cases in New Zealand1,0846
Number of probable cases3179
Number of confirmed and probable cases1,40115
Number of cases currently in hospital12-1
Number of recovered cases77042
Number of deaths90

Notes:

  1. A probable case is one without a positive laboratory result, but which is treated like a confirmed case based on its exposure history and clinical symptoms. For more details please refer to Case definition of COVID-19 infection.
  2. The number of confirmed and probable cases reported in the last 24 hours includes cases which were entered on an earlier date as ‘under investigation’ or ‘suspected’ whose status has now been changed to confirmed or probable.

View details of confirmed and probable cases.

View details of significant COVID-19 clusters.

View testing data by region.

View interactive map and dashboard.


Confirmed and probable cases by DHB

Total cases by DHB in hospital

DHBTotal cases
Auckland4
Canterbury1
Counties Manukau (Middlemore)1
South Canterbury1
Southern1
Waikato3
Waitemat?1
Total12

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

Total cases in hospital by DHB

DHBActiveRecoveredDeceasedTotalChange in last 24 hours
Auckland60123 1831
Bay of Plenty1529 440
Canterbury67706143-1
Capital and Coast43462913
Counties Manukau4861 1092
Hawke’s Bay2615 410
Hutt Valley713 200
Lakes69 150
Mid Central1019 291
Nelson Marlborough1830 480
Northland188 260
South Canterbury86 141
Southern74139 2130
Tair?whiti40 41
Taranaki311 140
Waikato10676 1823
Wairarapa08 80
Waitemat?105100 2054
West Coast22150
Whanganui34 70
Total6237699140115

Epidemic Curve

Total Cases by Age and Gender

Ethnicity percentages of all cases

Transmission

Transmission type % of cases
Contact with known case55%
Recent overseas travel39%
Community transmission2%
Source under investigation4%

Lab testing and capacity

Lab TestingTestsDate
Total tested yesterday3,66115 April 2020
7-day rolling average2,7149 April to 15 April 2020
Total tested to date70,16022 January to 15 April 2020
Supplies in stock69,75816 April 2020

For a detailed break down of ethnicity and DHB region testing see Testing by region.

COVID-19 – tests by day and cumulative

DateTests per dayTotal tests (cumulative)
22 Jan – 8 Mar 300
9-Mar12312
10-Mar89401
11-Mar83484
12-Mar31515
13-Mar35550
14-Mar34584
15-Mar142726
16-Mar3251051
17-Mar6591710
18-Mar12092919
19-Mar12914210
20-Mar15545764
21-Mar11766940
22-Mar12568196
23-Mar10509246
24-Mar154410790
25-Mar259213382
26-Mar211715499
27-Mar206717566
28-Mar180919375
29-Mar91820293
30-Mar139121684
31-Mar209323777
1-Apr256226339
2-Apr344629785
3-Apr363133416
4-Apr309336509
5-Apr370940218
6-Apr290843126
7-Apr404947175
8-Apr399051165
9-Apr452055685
10-Apr306158746
11-Apr242161167
12-Apr166062827
13-Apr157264399
14-Apr210066499
15-Apr366170160

Note: Two sets of cumulative test data have been reconciled to give cumulative total from 22 January 2020 when testing began.

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COVID-19 Update: 16 April 2020
The BFD Staff

The BFD Staff

A contribution from The BFD staff.