LIVE: State of Emergency declared in NZ

There are another 50 confirmed and probable cases of coronavirus as of 9.30am today.

This brings the total of confirmed and porbable cases to 205.

Director-General of Health Ashley Bloomfield in probable cases, the person has returned a negative laboratory result, but the clinician treating the person has diagnosed them as a probable case due to their exposure history and clinical symptoms.

There are a total of 47 new confirmed cases and three probable cases.

Ashely says there are 22 recovered cases to-date.

There are six people in hospital. Three in Wellington, one in Rotorua and two in Waikato.

"They are all in stable condition and none are in ICU."

A total of 1421 test were carried out yesteday, bringing the total number of tests carried out to date to 9780.

"Those awaiting tests should be in strict isolation and should not be having contact with anyone, and should be isolating from other family members.

"We do have commuinity transmission in New Zealand," says Ashley.

"As we go into lockdown, we will conintue to see a rise for the next 10 days."

He says if everyone adheres to the lockdown, those numbers should start to decrease.

A state of emergency has also been declared in New Zealand, as of 12.21pm, says Sarah Stuart-Black, Director of Civil Defence Emergency Management.

Other people expected to speak today are as follows

Speaking today will be:

  •   •  Sarah Stuart-Black, Director of Civil Defence Emergency Management – update on Covid-19 national response

  •   •  Dr Ashley Bloomfield, Director-General of Health – health update

  •   •  Peter Elms, Immigration NZ national manager – border issues update

  •   •  Paul Stocks, Deputy Chief Executive MBIE – essential services update

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Essential personnel

Posted on 25-03-2020 17:08 | By Lyrch

Maybe the government could come up with a package for the tireless essential services personnel who have to continue to work though these difficult and dangerous times?! How about providing a special, one off, four weeks of leave maybe, in reward for their valiant efforts in fighting the covid-19 virus head on (along with all the other associated hazards). They are keeping the NZ economy trickling along and maintaining all the essentials for life, while the majority of NZer’s are quarantined at home for at least four weeks. It’s the least they can do, what do you think?