58 new/probable cases of Covid-19 – total 647

LATEST FROM THE MINISTRY OF HEALTH

MARCH 31, 2020

Today, there are 48 new confirmed cases of Covid-19 and 10 new probable cases – a total of 58.

There are no additional deaths to report.

There are now 74 reported cases which we can confirm have recovered.

The combined total of confirmed and probable cases in New Zealand is 647, 58 more than yesterday.

These numbers are encouraging but they are far from a cause for early celebration. New Zealand needs to continue its vigilance.

The numbers today show it’s more important than ever to continue to abide by the Level 4 conditions and observe the lock-down.

That’s the best way we will continue to make progress in the fight against Covid-19.
Today we can report 14 people in hospital with Covid-19.

The locations are as follows:
·        Tairawhiti/Gisborne Hospital – 1
·        Waikato Hospital – 1
·        West Coast/Grey Base Hospital – 1
·        Whangarei Hospital – 1
·        Canterbury – 1
·        Auckland City Hospital – 1
·        Hawkes Bay Hospital – 1
·        Taranaki – 1
·        Middlemore Hospital – 1
·        Wairau Hospital, Blenheim – 1
·        Nelson Hospital – 1
·        Wellington City Hospital – 3

Two of these people are in ICU. For privacy reasons we won’t be providing other details on these patients.

Our laboratories are working to process and report test results as quickly as possible. Over the last seven days our average daily test number is 1777.

As usual, people being tested are expected to be in strict self-isolation until advised of the result of their test.

We are still seeing a strong link to overseas travel (53%), as well as links to confirmed cases within New Zealand (29%) and community transmission (1%).