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COVID-19: 66 cases in NZ, one in Tauranga

Dr Ashley Bloomfield providing an update on the national COVID-19 response.

The first case of COVID-19 in Tauranga has been confirmed today, says the Minister of Health’s Director-General Dr Ashley Bloomfield.

A Bay of Plenty man in his 30s who recently returned from the United States on March 17 is the first Tauranga person to test positive for COVID-19.

The Director-General has announced the case is amongst the 14 new NZ cases of COVID-19 confirmed today by laboratory testing, bringing the number of confirmed cases in NZ to a total of 66.

“The locations are Auckland – five cases, Northland – one, Canterbury – one, New Plymouth – two, Waikato –three, one in Tauranga, and one in Dunedin.

The Director-General gave a live update at 1pm today.

“All these cases are in self isolation with close contacts being identified, followed up, placed in self isolation and then regularly monitored," says Dr Bloomfield.

Eleven of these new cases have a history of international travel. One is a close contact of a confirmed case, and two were at the World Hereford Conference in Queenstown earlier in the month which had a range of both New Zealand and international delegates.

“We have four probable cases as well. These are cases that have previously been described, however even though we thought they were COVID-19, laboratory testing was negative, we are treating them as probable cases.”

Just over 1200 laboratory tests were carried out yesterday around the country. That brings the total number of tests carried out to date to over 6000.

Dr Bloomfield also provided an update on community transmission.

“There were two cases announced yesterday where community transmission could not be ruled out. Our further investigations of these two cases have still not identified a firm link to overseas travel.

“Just for clarity, community transmission is when we cannot confirm exactly where the infection came from. As we investigate these cases further including close contact tracing, this increases our understanding of what the infection pathway may have been, and we can then communicate with anyone who may have been in close or casual contact, and ensure that appropriate action is taken.

“We can also then update local communities about events and situations where contact may have occurred. So, in both of those cases, that work is ongoing.

“I understand that people in the areas where those two people live are concerned about the risk of transmission, so I ask everyone in those two regions to continue with good hygiene practice, social distancing, and seek advice if you have symptoms.”

Details for each of the cases mentioned today by Dr Bloomfield and of confirmed cases are on the Ministry of Health’s website.

COVID-19 Update on Ruby Princess and Celebrity Solstice cruises

The Celebrity Solstice and Ruby Princess cruise ships, which recently visited NZ, have both had confirmed cases of COVID-19, which were confirmed subsequent to their departure from NZ

“We are asking any passengers on those two ships who left the ships during their stay in New Zealand, to isolate for 14 days since they last had contact with other ships’ passengers, and of course to be aware of symptoms and seek advice if they do develop symptoms,” says Dr Bloomfield

Details of the movements of both ships can be found on the Ministry of Health’s website.

“We are also in direct contact with the New Zealanders who were on board those vessels,” says Dr Bloomfield. “Some are still in Australia, and have yet to return to New Zealand. The Customs officials have the details of those people and they will be identified at the border. They will be asked to self-isolate, along with every other person entering New Zealand now; and to register with Healthline.

“Coming back to the Hereford cattle conference in Queenstown, our public health team is following up delegates to that conference which was held from 9-13 March, and four attendees, including two New Zealanders, have tested positive for COVID-19. The other two are an Australian and someone from Uruguay.

“Close contacts of those cases are being asked to self-isolate and other attendees at the conference are now considered as close contacts in a precautionary way, and they have also been contacted and required to self-isolate for 14 days, since they were in contact with people who were at that conference.

“Southern District Health Board is doing the tracking and tracing work on this with support from the Ministry of Health."

COVID-19 Alert Level 2

Dr Bloomfield says that the COVID-19 Alert Level remains at Level 2.

“You will note that from the presentation the Prime Minister made yesterday that as part of Alert Level 2 we are asking people with pre-existing conditions such as chronic respiratory disease which might include severe asthma, bronchiectasis, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease; and people who are immune-compromised or if they are having cancer treatment, to remain at home.

“A message to the over-70s – many of you are fit and healthy, and living active lives, but the older we are, the less our immune system is able to fight off this virus and indeed other infections, and we have seen from overseas that older people are at more risk of serious complications. So we are strongly urging you to be aware of the need to stay at home and not to have contact with others,” says Dr Bloomfield.

“Please do adhere the advice to stay at home. Ask friends and families, particularly your children, not to visit. For the meantime this may mean talking to your family on Skype or other methods.”

Earlier today, Finance Minister Grant Robertson said the government would move to the next two phases of the Covid-19 alert levels, if yesterday's two confirmed cases were proven to be the result of community transmission.

A level 3 alert status recognises a heightened risk that the disease is not contained and demands that authorities further restrict travel and public gatherings.

A host of public venues would face closures, including gyms, libraries, museums, food courts and pools.

Some non-essential businesses would face closure too.

Dr Bloomfield said Healthline was overloaded and he pleaded with people to use it properly. It was not there to give general advice, nor to offer information about self-isolation, he said.

Current Cases of COVID-19 in NZ:

Case Location Age Gender Travel details
66 Auckland 20s M Austria to Auckland via Doha arrived 17 March- flight EK448
65 Northland 40s F Melbourne to Auckland on Sunday 15 March – flight JQ217
64 Canterbury 50s F San Francisco to Auckland on Monday 16 March – flight NZ7
Auckland to Christchurch on Tuesday 17 March – flight NZ523 
63 Taranaki 20s M Dubai to Auckland on Tuesday 17 March – flight EK448
Auckland to New Plymouth on 18 March – flight NZ8041
62 Taranaki 50s M Bangkok to Auckland on Sunday 15 March – flight TG0491
Auckland to New Plymouth on 16 March – flight NZ8041
61 Auckland 40s F Travel to Africa – details to come
60 Auckland 20s M Dubai to Auckland on Monday 16 March – flight EK448
59 Auckland 60s   No international travel history – exposed at World Herefords Conference in Queenstown.
58 Auckland 60s M No international travel history – exposed at World Herefords Conference in Queenstown. Domestic travel history:
Dunedin to Auckland on Sunday 15 March – flight NZ674
57 Hamilton 60s F Travel history to Ireland, Dubai and Australia. Details to come.
56 Bay of Plenty 30s M Travel history to the United States of America – details to come.
55 Coramandel 60s M Honolulu to Auckland on 14 March – flight HA445 (arrived 15 March)
54 Waikato 40s F Contact with a confirmed case
53 Dundedin 40s M LA to Auckland on 14 March – flight NZ1
Auckland to Queenstown on 14 March – flight NZ615
52 Auckland 50s F Under investigation
51 Nelson 20s F Travel related, however international flights outside of infectious period. 
Domestic flights: Auckland to Nelson on 16 March – flight 5065
50 Nelson 60s F Under investigation
49 Manawatu 20s F Doha to Auckland on 14 March – flight QR0920
Auckland to Palmerston North on 16 March – flight NZ5107
48 Manawatu 40s M Travel related. Queenstown to Christchurch on 13 March – flight NZ642
Christchurch to Palmerston North on 13 March – flight NZ5181
47 Taupo 50s M Dubai to Auckland on 10 March – flight EK0448
46 Auckland 70s M Dunedin to Auckland on 16 March – flight NZ674
45 Wellington 30s F Dubai to Auckland on 12 March – flight EK44
Auckland to Wellington on 12 March – flight NZ433
44 Wellington 50s M Travel related, however international flights outside of infectious period. 
Domestic flights:
Auckland to Wellington on 8 March – flight NZ449
Wellington to Hamilton on 12 March – flight NZ5810
Hamilton to Wellington on 13 March – flight NZ5823.
43 Wellington 50s M Sydney to Wellington on 14 March – flight QF161.
42 Waikato 60s F Singapore to Auckland on 13 March – flight SQ0285.
41 Auckland 60s M Cruise ship travel. Domestic flights – Dunedin to Auckland on 15 March – flight NZ670.
40 Wellington Region 50s M Travel related, however flights outside of infectious period. 
39 Otago 20s Male LA to Auckland on  Wednesday 18 March – flight NZ554 Auckland to Queenstown on Wednesday 18 March – flight NZ615
38 Wellington 30s Male  Not infectious on flight
37 Auckland 40s Female London to Doha to Auckland (on Sunday 15 March) - flight details to come.
36 Auckland 40s Male Los Angeles to Auckland - flight details to come.
35 Auckland 30s Female Los Angeles to Auckland - flight details to come.
34 Waikato 70s Female Dubai to Auckland on Monday 16 March – flight EK0450
33 Waikato 60s Male Dubai to Auckland on Monday 16 March – flight EK0450
32 Hawkes Bay 30s Male Doha to Auckland on Monday 16 March – flight QR920 Auckland to Napier on Tuesday 17 March – flight NZ5021
31 Wellington 40s Male Melbourne to Wellington on Saturday 14 March – flight SQ247
30 Canterbury 50s Male Los Angeles to Auckland on Saturday 14 March – flight AA83
Auckland to Christchurch on Sunday 15 March – flight and NZ535
29 Auckland     Singapore to Auckland on 11 March
28 Southern DHB     Sydney to Christchurch on Friday 13 March – flight EK402
27 Southern DHB  30s Female London to Auckland on  Tuesday 17 March – flight NZ1
Auckland to Christchurch on Tuesday 17 March – flight NZ525 Christchurch to Dunedin on Tuesday 17 March – flight NZ5749
26 Auckland  40s Male Melbourne to Auckland on Sunday 15 March – flight QF153
25 Auckland 60s Male Los Angeles to Auckland on Friday 13 March – flight NZ05
24 Rotorua  50s Male Singapore to Auckland on Friday 13 March - flight SQ285
23 Northland 20s Male Sydney to Auckland on Monday 16 March – flight VA0141
22 Taranaki 40s Male Cairo to Frankfurt (Lufthansa LH581 on Saturday 7 March) to Vancouver to Auckland on Sunday 15 March – flight NZ23 Auckland to New Plymouth on Sunday 15 March – flight NZ8035
21 Taranaki 40s Female Dubai to Auckland on Monday 9 March - flight EK448 Auckland to New Plymouth on Monday 9 March - flight NZ8041
20 Waikato 70s Male Singapore to Auckland on Sunday 15 March – flight SQ285
19 Waikato 20s Female Sydney to Auckland on Sunday 8 March – flight NZ112
18 Canterbury 40s Female Singapore to Christchurch on Monday 16 March – flight SQ297
17 Invercargill 40s Male Not infectious on flight
16 Auckland 60s Male Travelling from Canada (on Thursday 12 March) - flight details to come.
15 Auckland 60s Male San Francisco to Auckland on Friday 13 March – flight NZ7
14 Auckland 40s Female Not infectious on flight
13 Auckland 50s Male Dubai to Auckland on 14 March – flight EK448
12 Dunedin Teens Male Associated with travel of case 11.
11 Dunedin 40s Male Singapore to Auckland on Saturday 7 March - flight NZ283 Auckland to Dunedin on Sunday 8 March - flight NZ675
10 Wellington 70s Male Los Angeles to Auckland on 14 March – flight AA83
Auckland to Wellington on 14 March – flight NZ419
9 Wellington 30s Male Los Angeles to Auckland on 14 March – flight AA83
Auckland to Wellington on 14 March – flight NZ419
8 Wellington 60s Male Brisbane to Wellington on Saturday 14 March – flight NZ828  
7 Dunedin 30s Female Denmark to Doha to Auckland on Tuesday 10 March - flight QR920) Auckland to Christchurch on Tuesday 10 March - flight JQ225
6 Auckland 60s Male Houston to Auckland on Friday 6 March – flight NZ029  
5 Auckland 40s Female Associated with travel - Doha to Auckland on Sunday 23 February – flight QR0920  
4 Auckland 40s Male Singapore to Auckland on Tuesday 25 February – flight NZ283  
3 Auckland 40s Male Associated with travel - Doha to Auckland on Sunday 23 February – flight QR0920  
2 Auckland 30s Female Singapore to Auckland on Tuesday 25 February - flight NZ283  
1 Auckland 60s   Iran to Bali to Auckland on Wednesday 26 February – flight EK450 

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Posted on 22-03-2020 14:04 | By dumbkof2

well the scaremongers are really getting going now. we have someone telling us we will have 3 mil cases here in nz and 60 thousand deaths. this whole thing is being blown up out of all proportion by the media and the politicians are lapping it up. can someone please tell me why one particular group of people are getting 57mil exclusively and not other groups. after all they have already been paid billions by the gravy train tribunal