No new Covid-19 cases overnight in NZ; no further deaths

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Ministry of Health Covid-19 update

From Director-General of Health Dr Ashley Bloomfield

May 4, 20202

Today we have no new cases of Covid-19 to report.

One probable case already known to us has been reclassified as confirmed following a positive test.

This means there is no change to the overall total of confirmed and probable cases which remains at 1487.

There are no additional deaths to report.

New Zealand’s total number of confirmed cases rises by one and is now 1137.  This is the number we report to the World Health Organization and in many instances this is the number reported publicly by other countries.

There were 2473 tests completed yesterday, with a combined total to date of 152,696.

Of our cases, 1276 are reported as recovered – an increase of 10 on yesterday. A total of 86 per cent of all confirmed and probable cases are now considered as recovered.

There are four people in hospital, none in ICU.

There are still 16 significant clusters.  Three of these clusters are now considered closed as there is no longer transmission of the virus associated with the cluster.

“These are encouraging figures,” says the Director-General of Health Dr Ashley Bloomfield.

“But today is one moment in time. The real test will come later this week as we factor in the incubation period of this virus.

That’s when we will able to consider any new cases which might emerge in the community as a result of the step from Level 4 to Level 3.

“We can’t afford to squander all the hard work and effort of the past weeks.

“We saw at the weekend that it can be easy to start slackening off. We need to maintain discipline, continue pushing on and sustain the advantage we have fought so hard for.”