Two new cases of Covid-19 reported in New Zealand

This article by RNZ.co.nz is republished with permission under Kaniva News partnerships with Radio New Zealand

One of two new cases of Covid-19 confirmed today is a nurse who has been caring for St Margaret’s cluster patients.

Director of Public Health Dr Caroline McElnay said the nurse is being cared for at North Shore Hospital.

The other case reported today was a probable case that has now been confirmed.

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There have been no further deaths.

There are three people in hospital – one in Auckland City, one in Middlemore and one in North Shore. None are in ICU.

There have now been a total of 1490 cases in this country, with 1347 people now recovered from Covid-19 – 90 percent of all confirmed and probable cases.

Dr McElnay said 7812 tests were processed yesterday, with a total of 175,835 tests processed to date.

She said there is a resource called Healthy for Life for older people, providing them with information, which is available on TVNZ on Demand.

She also said the country was still in alert level 3 and New Zealanders still needed to “play it safe”.

“We do not want a second wave. What you are doing is working in level 3, so keep working and learning from home, keep your distance from others when outside your bubble. Parties are still not okay.”

Speaking at the same media conference, Finance Minister Grant Roberston said the government knew the restrictions from level 3 and 4 caused a significant impact.

“I’m acutely aware of the sacrifices that have been made by many people and businesses. We are doing everything we can to mitigate this.”

Robertson said there here had been a tenfold increase of people coming back from overseas and onto the jobseeker benefit, and that 40,000 people had signed up for that benefit since 20 March.

But the latest figures for the week ending last week, also showed the smallest increase of people going onto that benefit since 20 March.

Robertson said next week’s Budget will be different to the one he thought he would be delivering at the beginning of the year.

It will be “one moment on our move to recovery,” he said.

Director-General of Health Dr Ashley Bloomfield yesterday revealed the country had one new confirmed case of Covid-19. He said the person who tested positive was a household contact of a previous case from the Matamata cluster.

Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern also outlined what alert level 2 will look like when the country moves a level down.

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