Update from the Director of Civil Defence Emergency Management and the All of Government Controller
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Posted March 28, 2020
Media Release: Director of Civil Defence Emergency Management and the All of Government Controller
Update from the Director of Civil Defence Emergency Management and the All of Government Controller: COVID-19
• There are 83 new cases today. This comprises of 78 new confirmed cases and 5 probable. The total number of cases is now 451. 50 individuals are confirmed to have recovered.
• 12 people are currently in hospital. 3 in Wellington Regional Hospital. 2 in Nelson, 2 in Whangarei, 1 each in Auckland, Waikato, Taranaki, Greymouth and Dunedin Hospitals. 2 people are in intensive care.
• Labs reporting results are being done as quickly as possible with an average of 1613 tests each day. Anyone who has been tested and waiting should stay in complete isolation until confirmed.
• The confirmed cases still have a strong link still to overseas travel and their close contacts.
• Please be kind to each other. We’re seeing reports of abuse towards people with COVID-19 on social media. It’s not acceptable to be attacking people caught up in the pandemic. We want people to seek the help they need and get tested, please don’t make it any harder for them.
• This is our first weekend at Alert Level 4. We’re pleased with how New Zealanders have responded.
• Police report that most people are following the rules. There have been isolated cases of people congregating in public and they were spoken to by police. If you believe others are not complying with the rules – have a polite conversation with them. If they continue to flaunt the rules, you can call the police on 105.
• It’s important for everyone to stay home. Only leave home for essential reasons or for exercise. You can go for a short walk or run in your neighbourhood, but don’t leave your neighborhood. Please help our emergency services by sticking to the rules.
• Local public transport is available for people who don’t have other options for essential travel. After touching surfaces on buses or trains please sanitise your hands.
• We are helping New Zealanders who are coming home on repatriation flights. We are also facilitating the repatriation of international travelers in New Zealand.
• No one needs to worry about supermarkets running out of food, as supply chains continue to operate. Try and keep to just one-person shopping per household. Keep the 2 metre distance from others, pack your own bags and wash your hands thoroughly after shopping.
• There is updated information about personal protective equipment (PPE) on the website.
• Everyone should follow basic hygiene measures including physical distancing, good hand hygiene, coughing into you elbow, regularly cleaning of surfaces and avoid touching your face, mouth, eyes and nose.
• Most workers can stay safe with basic hygiene measures, although some workers may require PPE. We are making sure essential workers who do need PPE have access to it.
• Thanks to our health workers, police and ambulance staff, food supply workers, transport workers and all our other essential workers.
We’re all in this together, keep up the great work and we can break the chain of transmission.