LIVE: Covid-19 media update

Minister for COVID-19 Response, Chris Hipkins. Photo: RNZ.

UPDATE: Director-General of Health Dr Ashley Bloomfield is reporting three recovered cases of Covid-19 today.

Bloomfield is speaking at a live media update, alongside Covid-19 Response Minister Chris Hipkins in Wellington.

He says there are no new community case today, but there are two in managed isolation since yesterday.

One of the new cases arrived from India and tested positive on day three, while the second is from Pakistan and tested positive on day seven.

"The seven day rolling average is at eight.

"You would have notice this number dropping in recent days. We expect this to continue to drop."

Bloomfield says three people have recovered from Covid-19, meaning there are no 101 active cases in New Zealand.

To date, there have been 2233 total cases reported in the country since the pandemic began.


Covid-19 Response Minister Chris Hipkins and Director-General of Health Dr Ashley Bloomfield will front media for today's Covid-19 update.

The pair are scheduled to be live from 1pm.

People can view the livestream above.

SunLive will also provide an update throughout the afternoon for those who are able to tune into the live stream.

What we know so far

On Tuesday, there were no new cases in the community to report.

There wee four new positive cases of Covid-19 to report in managed isolation since the Ministry of Health's media statement on Monday.

The seven-day rolling average of new cases detected at the border is eight, says the MOH in a statement released this afternoon.

"The number of previously reported cases that have now recovered is two. The total number of active cases in New Zealand today is 102.

"Our total number of confirmed cases is 2231.

"Since January 1, there have been 44 historical cases, out of a total of 415 cases."

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Posted on 17-04-2021 14:47 | By morepork

I am starting to share your skepticism about the current administration, even though I try to remain "apolitical" (until election day :-)) I do think employers have a responsibility, but I agree with you that there should be government checks to ensure the requirements are being met. It is difficult for ANY Government, but we certainly should be doing better than we are.

Blame shifters

Posted on 14-04-2021 14:53 | By Slim Shady

Welcome to the daily smoke blowing and blame shifting. Today, we learn that Case B hadn’t been tested since November, despite the fortnightly requirement. Apparently all that is required is to say you have been and that the result was negative. Easy peasy. According to the PM this is a matter for the employer and they should be checking. Err, hello PM - it is for the Government and MoH to make sure FFS!! That is YOUR job. Unbelievable. Is it the same with pre-departure testing? You just rock up and say you had one and it was all good? It probably has been, hence all the recent cases. This lot really have no clue what they are doing but they excel at shifting responsibility and bluffing.

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