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No new cases of COVID-19 - one new death in COVID-19 tally

No new cases of COVID-19 - one new death in COVID-19 tally

Posted May 28, 2020

Media Release: Ministry of Health

Today there are no new cases of COVID-19 to report in New Zealand.

The total number of confirmed cases remains at 1,154, which is the number we report to the World Health Organization.

The combined total of confirmed and probable cases remains at 1,504.

There are 12 additional recovered cases meaning this total is now 1,474. Only 8 cases remain active.

One new death has been included in the COVID-19 related deaths tally.

The Ministry of Health has been asked to provide some comment following the death of Eileen Hunter, a resident from St Margaret’s Hospital & Rest Home. They are providing Eileen’s name following a request to do so by her family.

Eileen was in her 90s and passed away on Sunday. She was much loved by those who knew her.

Eileen was confirmed as having COVID-19 in mid-April and had been transferred from St Margaret’s to Waitakere hospital and then to North Shore hospital. Once recovered, with two negative test results, she was transferred back to St Margaret’s.

The family has asked the Ministry to pass on their thanks for the care of their mother at St Margaret’s and at Waitakere and North Shore hospitals.

In turn, the Ministry of Health extend their sympathy to her family for their loss.

It is important to note that Eileen was regarded as having recovered from COVID-19 at the time of her death and COVID-19 is not recorded as the primary cause of her death.

After consideration, the Ministry has decided to include Eileen’s death in our overall tally of COVID-19 related deaths, consistent with their inclusive approach to date.

This means the number of COVID-19 related deaths in New Zealand is now 22.

Again today, there is no one in New Zealand receiving hospital-level care for COVID-19.

Yesterday, laboratories completed 4,255 tests, bringing the total number of tests completed to date to 271,690.