LIVE: COVID update April 2 - 89 new cases today

Director-General of Health Ashley Bloomfield.

UPDATE: There are 89 new cases of COVID-19 in New Zealand. This is made up of 76 new confirmed cases and 13 probable cases.

Director-General of Health Dr Ashley Bloomfield is delivering the latest COVID-19 update this afternoon.

He says there are 92 recovered cases.

"Thirteen people are in hospital. Two are in ICU and all are in a stable condition."

There are no additional deaths.

Ashley says they are continuing to see strong links to overseas travel.

He says 51 per cent of the cases are linked to overseas travel, 31 per cent have close links to overseas travel and one per cent is believed to be from community transmission.

"Around 17 per cent of the cases are still being investigated but we expect many of these to be community transmission.'

Ashley has also identified the district health board areas where the majority of cases have been reported.

These are:

Southern District Health Board





The All of Government COVID-19 National Response will provide an update at 1pm today.


  •   •  Mike Bush, Commissioner of Police – update on COVID-19 national response

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

What we know so far

As of yesterday, there were 47 new confirmed cases of COVID-19 in New Zealand and 14 new probable cases. This brings the total number of confirmed and probable cases to 708.

Director of Public Health Dr Caroline McElnay gave an update on the cases on Wednesday afternoon.

Caroline says there are 61 confirmed and probable cases since Tuesday.

Number of confirmed and probable cases of COVID-19 (novel coronavirus) in:

  •   •  New Zealand: 708

  •   •  Bay of Plenty: 18

  •   •  Lakes: 11

These confirmed and probable numbers are updated on this page after the Ministry of Health daily public update (early-mid afternoon). See the Ministry of Health website for more information on COVID-19 cases in New Zealand.

Number of confirmed cases of COVID-19 (novel coronavirus) in:

  •   •  Western Bay of Plenty: 15

  •   •  Eastern Bay of Plenty: 1

  •   •  Rotorua: 7

  •   •  Taupō: 4

Caroline says 82 people have recovered from the virus.

"Fourteen people are in hospital. Two are in ICU and are stable.

"We are continuing to see a strong link to overseas travel and close contacts to those infected."

Caroline says about one per cent of the total cases is from community transmission.

"We are continuing to focus on getting better information on community transmission."

Caroline says a new case definition will be issued today as a guide for clinical practitioners.

It says those with respiratory illness consistent with COVID-19 should be considered for testing, regardless of travel history or contact with a confirmed case.

Labs for testing are increasing from eight to 10 and will be in place by the end of next week.

Civil Defence director Sarah Stuart-Black says 57 people were moved yesterday from managed isolation in Auckland through Wellington to Christchurch.

She says there will be a charted regional flight this afternoon, and more are expected in the next few days.

-Additional information by RNZ.

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Posted on 02-04-2020 22:32 | By

How many people are still out and about. Come on Police it’s passed time to get tough. Forget about being nice and PC. I went to Pak n Save today and couldn’t believe how many people were out n about. A lot of people are irresponsibly and selfishly treating this whole ordeal as a joke. They are self centered and idiotic. They don’t care about others. It’s passed time Mr Policeman to start getting real. Realistically you’re treating this as a joke as well by letting these idiots walk all over you.