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.
- 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.
- 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.
COVID-19 – current cases
|Total||Change in last 24 hours|
|Number of confirmed cases in New Zealand||1,084||6|
|Number of probable cases||317||9|
|Number of confirmed and probable cases||1,401||15|
|Number of cases currently in hospital||12||-1|
|Number of recovered cases||770||42|
|Number of deaths||9||0|
- 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.
- 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.
Confirmed and probable cases by DHB
Total cases by DHB in hospital
|Counties Manukau (Middlemore)||1|
Download the Map of confirmed and probable cases by DHB (PDF, 282 KB).
Total cases in hospital by DHB
|DHB||Active||Recovered||Deceased||Total||Change in last 24 hours|
|Bay of Plenty||15||29||44||0|
|Capital and Coast||43||46||2||91||3|
Total Cases by Age and Gender
Ethnicity percentages of all cases
|Transmission type||% of cases|
|Contact with known case||55%|
|Recent overseas travel||39%|
|Source under investigation||4%|
Lab testing and capacity
|Total tested yesterday||3,661||15 April 2020|
|7-day rolling average||2,714||9 April to 15 April 2020|
|Total tested to date||70,160||22 January to 15 April 2020|
|Supplies in stock||69,758||16 April 2020|
For a detailed break down of ethnicity and DHB region testing see Testing by region.
COVID-19 – tests by day and cumulative
|Date||Tests per day||Total tests (cumulative)|
|22 Jan – 8 Mar||300|
Note: Two sets of cumulative test data have been reconciled to give cumulative total from 22 January 2020 when testing began.