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More than 15,000 Kiwis gave blood in April

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It is business as usual under lockdown restrictions for the New Zealand Blood Service as it continues to operate under the same conditions as level 4 under level 3.

 “As the country prepared to go into Level 4 lockdown in March, we had to be ready for a potential drop in blood donation levels. Thankfully our concerns were proven unfounded,’ says NZBS spokesperson Asuka Burge.

“During April we collected 15,300 donations, which ensured we were able to continue to meet demand despite the country going through an unprecedented situation.”

 Nearly 13 per cent of those who donated last month were donors who had never donated before or had not donated in the previous two years, Asuka says.

“Thank you to all those donors, new and returning who donated during April, you are lifesavers.

 “As we all adjust to Level 3, it is vital that current and first-time donors continue to book appointments, to ensure we can continue to meet demand and help save lives.”

She says as elective surgeries resume, they expect demand for blood to rise once more.

“We are encouraging people to book to donate in late May and June where appointments are available.” Blood stock levels currently remain at a healthy level in New Zealand.

For more information on donating blood during the COVID-19 lockdown, visit this page.

To book an appointment to donate visit www.nzblood.co.nz or call 0800 448 325.

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