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Three new confirmed cases of Covid-19 in NZ

rector-General of Health Dr Ashley Bloomfield. Photo: RNZ / Richard Tindiller.

There are three new cases of the Covid-19 coronavirus in New Zealand, Director-General of Health Dr Ashley Bloomfield has confirmed.

Ashley  is providing the latest update on the Ministry of Health's response to Covid-19 coronavirus outbreak in New Zealand.

Ashley says all three new cases are people who had returned from international travel.

There have now been 11 confirmed and two probable cases in this country.

Two of the new cases are in Wellington and one is in Dunedin.

The man in Dunedin is in his 40s and began to show symptoms five days after returning from Germany. Two of his family members, who have Covid-19 symptoms, are in self isolation.

Ashley says the Dunedin man's son goes to Logan Park School in the city and has symptoms. If he tests positive, the Ministry of Health is recommending the school closes for 48 hours and is carefully cleaned.

The Wellington cases are a man in his 30s and his father in his 70s had recently returned from the United States and neither of them required hospital care. They came to Auckland from Los Angeles on Saturday on American Airlines flight AA83. They then travelled to Wellington on Air NZ flight NZ419 that same day.

Ashley says there are about 500 Covid-19 tests being conducted today around the country.

He says a traveller who arrived in Christchurch yesterday was unwilling to self-isolate, so plans were being made to deport that person.

Earlier this afternoon, the government unveiled a $12.1 billion package to combat the effects of the coronavirus.

It will include a $500 million fund for health, which includes extra intensive care capacity and equipment for hospitals, support for GPs and primary care and improving video conferencing and telehealth consultations.

The funding will also nearly double resources for Public Health Units to increase the ability to contact trace the virus. Healthline will also receive a $20 million boost for more staff.

  •   •  If you have symptoms of the coronavirus, call the NZ Covid-19 Healthline on 0800 358 5453 (+64 9 358 5453 for international SIMs)

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