LIVE updates: “Community transmission to increase”
As we head into day five of the nationwide lockdown, the Director-General of Health has no doubt the cases of community transmission of Covid-19 are on the rise.
It's not yet known how New Zealand's first Covid-19-related fatality caught the virus.
The woman in her 70s died in Grey Base Hospital yesterday morning.
Ashley Bloomfield has been asked how many of the 514 cases to date have been community transmission.
"I don't have the exact figure and of the new cases in the last day or two, many of those are still being followed up and investigated.
"The number associated with community transmission will be increasing, I have no doubt about that, and particularly because we are seeing those small number of clusters around the place."
Some of the modelling on which the government has relied on for its response will be released in the next day or so; the prime minister says the rest is already publicly available.
• If you have symptoms of the coronavirus, call the NZ Covid-19 Healthline on 0800 358 5453 (+64 9 358 5453 for international SIMs)