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Daily COVID-19 update from the New Zealand Government

2 April 2020

Stay at home. Break the Chain. Save Lives.

Latest news

  1. The total number of cases is 797, with 89 new or probable cases confirmed within the last 24 hours. 92 people have recovered. For the latest numbers visit the Ministry of Health website.
  2. Foreign nationals in New Zealand can now drive, or take domestic flights, to connect with commercial or chartered international flights to return home. Strict measures are in place to mitigate the risk of COVID-19 transmission and to protect the public. For more information, including the criteria foreign nationals must meet in order to take a domestic flight within New Zealand, visit our website.
  3. Essential workers who take leave to comply with public health guidance are being supported with a leave scheme to ensure they continue to receive income. The scheme supports those who are unable to work from home and need to self-isolate, are at higher risk of becoming sick with COVID-19, or have a higher risk person in their household. More information on the essential workers leave scheme can be found on the Beehive website.
  4. A Government WhatsApp channel has been launched to help make information more easily accessible and shareable in the fight against COVID-19. Govt.NZ – which is free to use on any mobile device – will carry information and news for the public, businesses, healthcare providers, not for profits and local government. Click here to set up the channel.
  5. If you’re healthy and under 70, please visit the supermarket instead of shopping online. This will keep home delivery slots free for the people who need them most. When visiting the store, retain social distancing of 2 metres, and wash your hands before and after shopping. You can find out more about how to shop safely on our website.

Answers to common questions

Q. Do I need to wear a face mask when I leave the house?

A. You don’t need to wear a face mask when you leave the house. Face masks are essential for front line medical staff, but not the most effective way for the public to protect themselves against COVID-19.

The virus is spread by droplets so the best action you can take is to wash your hands regularly and make sure you don’t touch your face particularly your eyes, nose or mouth. For more information on how you can stay safe, visit our website.

Q. What is the criteria for getting tested for COVID-19?

A. If you are concerned about any symptoms you are experiencing, please call your GP, or Healthline (for free) on 0800 358 5453 (or +64 9 358 5453 for international SIMs).

The criteria for testing has been updated to include anyone with respiratory symptoms consistent with COVID-19. This is regardless of whether somebody has been overseas or not. This will result in more testing, which we’re prepared for. The criteria is a guide for health professionals, who will continue to use their clinical judgement to decide when people need to get tested.

Q. How can I get financial help? 

A. If you’ve lost your job or had your hours reduced you may be able to get a benefit or some other financial help from Work and Income.

There is help available for urgent costs like:

  • food
  • accommodation costs (rent, mortgage, board, emergency housing)
  • repairs or replacing appliances
  • emergency dental treatment
  • emergency medical treatment
  • water tank refill

You can find more information about financial support (including eligibility criteria) on the Work and Income website.

Work and Income call centres are experiencing very high demand at the moment, so we recommend you check the website first.  If you don’t have access to the internet you can call us on 0800 559 009.

Financial Support – Wage Subsidy Scheme

The wage subsidy is to help keep your businesses going if they face laying off staff or reducing their hours because of COVID-19. If you’re an employer, contractor, sole trader or are self-employed you may qualify. The subsidy is a lump sum payment for the employer to pass on to employees and covers 12 weeks per employee.

For more information including how to apply for the Wage Subsidy Scheme visit the Work and Income website.

For more FAQs, visit our website.

  • Call Healthline if you suspect you have COVID-19 symptoms: 0800 358 5453
  • For any other COVID-19 related queries, contact the government helpline: 0800 779 997
  • Need to talk? Call or text 1737
  • Essential business enquiries or 0800 22 66 57
  • Report breaches of self-isolation

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Leave a comment


  1. Pink David

     /  2nd April 2020

    Did that come from the Ministry of Information?

    • Duker

       /  2nd April 2020

      And where are u getting your information from …Twitter?

      • Pink David

         /  2nd April 2020

        Primarily a number of people I know who are working with the ONS dataset. That, together with the work I did in 2005 on the cleanup of the 2001 FMD burial sites, and research on that event that came later.

        The rest is just logical reasoning.

        “You don’t need to wear a face mask when you leave the house. Face masks are essential for front line medical staff, but not the most effective way for the public to protect themselves against COVID-19.”

        This is actually a lie. Masks are effective, but the reason to tell the public they are not needed is to reduce demand.

        • Kitty Catkin

           /  2nd April 2020

          Most of the masks worn here are not the kind that will keep anything out and people tend to wear them wrong. They don’t cover their noses with them and in some cases have them round their chins.

          • Duker

             /  2nd April 2020

            So the experts a month ago who said they are ‘useless’ have now been found to be wrong.
            Just the start of avalanche of retractions and walk backs of what was once ‘predictions’ but now are no different than bs

          • Pink David

             /  3rd April 2020

            Incorrect use does not change the fact they are quite effective at over all risk reduction. They are far from useless. The main reason that story was put out was to prevent panic buying of stocks.

  2. Duker

     /  2nd April 2020

    Daily Mail
    Britain’s newspaper publishers warn they face losing £50m because of ‘blocklists’ as advertisers stop their brands appearing next to coronavirus articles.

    Hahahaha. Lots of clicks but the advertisers(some) are running a country mile, making the stories worthless. Maybe they should dial down the scary shit

  3. Gezza

     /  2nd April 2020

    Q. What is the criteria for getting tested for COVID-19?

    Criteria is plural. Criterion is the singular. Should say what are the criteria.

    I notice there’ve been a lot more basic grammatical & proof-reading misses in & articles in the past few weeks, for some reason. Several have also been published to their website with names or other information missing that someone was clearly meant to find out & insert before it got uploaded.

    It’s like there’s a daily competition or a collective mad dash by cub reporters to get as many stories as possible about Covid-19 and/or the lockdown up on the web in a rush. Heaps of articles seem to even have the same word for word information or text from other articles one’s just read.

    Editing standards not the best.


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