Daily Covid update – 3 new cases, 2 more deaths

Director General of Health Dr Ashley Bloomfield:

3 new cases (1 confirmed, 2 probable) – total cases 1,451

6,480 tests – a new daily record, with 101,277 tests done in total.

So a large number of tests and very few new cases looks very promising.

But there are two more deaths including the woman who has been in Dunedin Hospital since early this month, and another from the Rosewood rest Home. He had an underlying condition and while he had tested negative for Covid-19, he was treated as a probable case.

Total deaths now 16.

There are now 8 people in hospital, 25 more people have recovered.

General practices will continue to be open under alert level 3 and will continue to conduct virtual consultations as much as possible. Pharmacies remain open, dental services may provide urgent face to face appointments under alert level 3 but not routine dental care.

Hospitals remain open for emergency and acute care heading into alert level 3, some elective services including surgery and radiology will be provided under alert level 3, more details will come. In age residential care, only visits for compassionate and palliative reasons will be considered and that will be on a case by case basis.

Jacinda Ardern

The Prime Minister is calling on all New Zealanders to stand at the end of their driveway or letterbox at 6am on Anzac Day.

Jacinda Ardern says she will be taking part in the Stand at Dawn service on Saturday, created in replacement of normal ANZAC events, which were cancelled under the level 4 lockdown.

Ardern says she knows how hard it will be to have the first Anzac day in history where services have been cancelled.

She says the official dawn service broadcast will take place on RNZ National at 6am, which will include an address from the Minister for Veterans, Ron Mark.

See the #StandAtDawn website – Join us in commemorating Anzac Day from home

As at 9.00 am, 23 April 2020
Total Change in last 24 hours
Number of confirmed cases in New Zealand 1,112 -1
Number of probable cases 339 1
Number of confirmed and probable cases 1,451 0
Number of cases currently in hospital 8 -3
Number of recovered cases 1,065 29
Number of deaths 16 2

 

World totals

New cases have been increasing at 80-90,000 per day for some time, with the total now 2.6 million.

Deaths have been increasing by 6-7,000 per day, with the total now 184,000, so are likely to reach 200k by the weekend.

The US continues to have about 1/3 the case increase (about 30k per day) and 1/3 the deaths each day (yesterday 2,341 out of 6,607)

Daily Covid update plus Minister of Education

Chris Hipkins today with Dr Ashley Bloomfield.

5 new cases (2 confirmed and 3 probable), total now 1,445.
All new cases are linked to known cases.

One more death, a woman who was from St Martins Rest Home in Auckland. Deaths now total 13.

12 in hospital, 3 in ICU, none critical.

32 more recovered cases, total now 1,006

Chris Hipkins – first in Parliament which partialy restarts on 28 April, details will be decided and announced tomorrow but it is expected there will be reduced numbers in the House with proper social distancing. Cafes will not be open in Parliament.

It will deal with Question Time, Ministerial statements and urgent legislation.

On education – next week  most schools will be open for people who need that but children who can stay home should stay home, and it is expected that’s most children under level 3,

Quite a bit of detail – this will likely be posted online so I will repost that.

As at 9.00 am, 21 April 2020
Total Change in last 24 hours
Number of confirmed cases in New Zealand 1,107 2
Number of probable cases 338 3
Number of confirmed and probable cases 1,445 5
Number of cases currently in hospital 12 -2
Number of recovered cases 1,006 32
Number of deaths 13 1

 

Total cases of COVID-19 in NZ by age


The State of National Emergency to support the COVID-19 response will be extended a fourth time, for a further seven days.

Daily Covid update Monday

Only small changes today with 9 new cases, no more deaths, and 4 fewer people in hospital.

Today’s update of Covid-19 data for New Zealand will likely have been available to Cabinet when they began considering whether to lower the Alert level on Thursday or not. It may make a bit of difference in their deliberations, but will be fresh on the public’s mind when the announcement is made at 4 this afternoon.

As at 9.00 am, 20 April 2020
Total Change in last 24 hours
Number of confirmed cases in New Zealand 1,105 7
Number of probable cases 335 2
Number of confirmed and probable cases 1,440 9
Number of cases currently in hospital 14 -4
Number of recovered cases 974 62
Number of deaths (as at 1 pm 19 April) 12 0

So that looks good, with only 9 new cases, no more deaths and fewer people in hospital, and the number recovered keeps increasing, currently about two thirds of the total number of cases.

New confirmed and probable cases over time

That suggests the lockdown that started on 22 March and went to Level 4 on 26 March is working well in containing the virus.

Total cases by DHB, as at 9.00 am, 20 April 2020
DHB Active Recovered Deceased Total Change in last 24 hours
Auckland 43 142 185 0
Bay of Plenty 13 33 46 1
Canterbury 65 81 7 153 3
Capital and Coast 29 62 2 93 0
Counties Manukau 25 86 111 1
Hawke’s Bay 17 24 41 0
Hutt Valley 5 15 20 0
Lakes 5 11 16 0
Mid Central 4 27 31 0
Nelson Marlborough 7 41 48 0
Northland 17 11 28 1
South Canterbury 10 6 16 1
Southern 45 170 1 216 0
Tairāwhiti 3 1 4 0
Taranaki 3 11 14 0
Waikato 87 97 1 185 1
Wairarapa 0 8 8 0
Waitematā 74 138 212 1
West Coast 1 3 1 5 0
Whanganui 1 7 8 0
Total 454 974 12 1,440 9

Total cases in hospital by DHB

As at 9.00 am, 20 April 2020
DHB Total cases
Auckland 4
Bay of Plenty 1
Canterbury 1
Counties Manukau 2
Northland 1
South Canterbury 1
Southern 1
Waikato 2
Waitematā 1
Total 14

Note: Three of the 14 in hospital are in ICU as at 8.30 am 20 April 2020.

Lab testing for COVID-19 as at 9.00 am 20 April
Lab Testing Tests Date
Total tested yesterday 3,081 19 April 2020
7-day rolling average 3,354 13 April to 19 April 2020
Total tested to date 86,305 22 January to 19 April 2020
Supplies in stock 88,535 20 April 2020

 

 

Daily Covid update – confirmed deaths now 12

Director-General of Health Dr Ashley Bloomfield:

9 new cases (4 confirmed and 5 probable) – total now 1,431

912 recovered (+45)

1 new death confirmed (it was the Invercargill in home death reported on Tuesday), total now 12 (? the MoH hasn’t increased).

18 in hospital, 3 in ICU, 2 critical – so a few more in hospital.

131 health care workers confirmed or probable cases, most infected in the workplace and most of those via workmates.

The contact tracing standard the MoH is trying to achieve is 80% of contacts within 3 days.

Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern:

(As we already know) Cabinet meets tomorrow at 10:30 am to determine whether level 4 continues after midnight on Wednesday or if it drops to level 3. We will be told at 4 pm tomorrow.

This is going to be a long term project – when we drop to level 3 it won’t be anywhere near a return to normal.

She says quite a bit to explain what the decisions will be based on but it adds little to what is already known.

Businesses should be preparing to be ‘safe to open’ ready for a drop to level 3. This is a shift from ‘essential to open’ on level 4.

Ardern says if anyone has the slightest sniffle or sore throat they should get a test as soon as possible.

She says things are generally going very well but she won’t hint on what tomorrow’s decision will be.

As at 9.00 am, 19 April 2020
Total Change in last 24 hours
Number of confirmed cases in New Zealand 1,098 4
Number of probable cases 333 5
Number of confirmed and probable cases 1,431 9
Number of cases currently in hospital 18 -2
Number of recovered cases 912 45
Number of deaths 11 0

All DHBs had no more cases in the last 24 hours (up until 9 am this morning) apart from Waitemata (5), Canterbury (3)  and Waikato (1).

https://www.health.govt.nz/our-work/diseases-and-conditions/covid-19-novel-coronavirus/covid-19-current-situation/covid-19-current-cases


RNZ: Whanganui person tests positive for Covid-19 with no clear link to its source

The person in their 20s has not travelled overseas, and does not have any known links to the region’s other seven cases, who have all recovered.

The Whanganui District Health Board said it is still investigating how the person got the virus.

ABC News: Canada, US extend border restrictions for another 30 days

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said Saturday the U.S. and Canada have agreed to keep their border closed to nonessential travel for another 30 days and he said it will be undoubtedly longer before the restriction is removed.

U.S. President Donald Trump said this past Wednesday that the U.S.-Canada border will be among the first borders to open and said the U.S. and Canada are doing well in handling the pandemic.

Many of Canada’s cases have come from those returning from the U.S and there is a concern that Trudeau might reopen the border again amid pressure from Trump.

 

Covid-19 daily update – Saturday 18 April

13 more cases (8 confirmed, 5 probable) – total now 1,422

No more deaths so that total stands at 11.

51 more recovered cases, total now 867.

20 in hospital (that’s an increase of 6) , 3 in ICU, 2 of those in a critical condition.

No live media conference today. Apparently they were never planned for Saturdays but they were run for the last two Saturdays because deaths were announced.

Testing groups of the public is continuing, now in Auckland.

All (about 340) tests processed  from the Queenstown supermarket site returned a negative result.

All 308 tests done in the Waikato (Otorohanga, Hamilton, Matamata, Cambridge, and Te Awamutu) were also negative.

All test results to date done in Christchurch are also negative.

As at 9.00 am, 18 April 2020
Total Change in last 24 hours
Number of confirmed cases in New Zealand 1,094 8
Number of probable cases 328 5
Number of confirmed and probable cases 1,422 13
Number of cases currently in hospital 20 6
Number of recovered cases 867 51
Number of deaths 11 0

Notes:

  1. A probable case is one without a positive laboratory result, but which is treated like a confirmed case based on its exposure history and clinical symptoms. For more details please refer to Case definition of COVID-19 infection.
  2. Recovered cases are people who had the virus, are at least 10 days since onset and have not exhibited symptoms for 48 hours, and have been cleared by the health professional responsible for their monitoring.
  3. The number of confirmed and probable cases reported in the last 24 hours includes cases which were entered on an earlier date as ‘under investigation’ or ‘suspected’ whose status has now been changed to confirmed or probable.

Details: https://www.health.govt.nz/our-work/diseases-and-conditions/covid-19-novel-coronavirus/covid-19-current-situation/covid-19-current-cases


The number of deaths linked to the coronavirus pandemic has reached 150,000, according to an unofficial Reuters tally.

However, the true figure is almost certainly a lot higher.

Authorities say thousands of people – many of them in nursing homes – have died with Covid-19 symptoms without being tested for the virus, and have thus gone uncounted.

China, confirming long-held suspicions, has now acknowledged that the death toll in Wuhan is 50 percent higher than earlier reported.

And in Italy, Spain, Britain, the US and elsewhere, governments have been revising their tolls or openly questioning the accuracy of them.

https://www.rnz.co.nz/news/national/414541/live-covid-19-updates-from-nz-and-around-the-world


A warning the ‘herd immunity’ may not work with Covid-19.

Reuters: WHO unsure antibodies protect against COVID, little sign of herd immunity

The World Health Organization is not sure whether the presence of antibodies in blood gives full protection against reinfection with the new coronavirus, Mike Ryan, the WHO’s top emergencies expert, told a briefing on Friday.

Ryan also said that even if antibodies were effective there was little sign that large numbers of people had developed them and were beginning to offer so-called “herd immunity” to the broader population.

“A lot of preliminary information coming to us right now would suggest quite a low percentage of population have seroconverted (to produce antibodies),” he said.

“The expectation that … the majority in society may have developed antibodies, the general evidence is pointing against that, so it may not solve the problem of governments.”

That may prompt a bit of rethinking by some governments.

I wonder if that’s an ominous sign for possible vaccines.

Also: Recovered coronavirus patients are testing positive again. Can you get re-infected?


The whānau of the man who wrote ‘Pokarekare Ana’ are inviting people to lift their lockdown spirits by taking part in a mass performance of the waiata this afternoon.

At 3pm, the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra together with the Tomoana whānau and composer Ngatai Huata will perform the song attributed to Paraire Henare Tomoana a century ago.

People are encouraged to play it on any instrument or sing along from outside their house, as long as they maintain their bubble.

Before the performance starts, there’ll be a countdown from 10-to-3 on the orchestra’s Facebook page.

Watch it live here: live.nzso.co.nz

They have a link on RNZ to Kiri Te Kanawa but I don’t like that, so here’s something I think is easier to listen to.

Daily update Wednesday – PM and Ministers’ pay cut announced

Director-General of Health Dr Ashley Bloomfield:

Total new cases 20 (6 new and 14 probable) – total now 1,386

That’s out of 2,100 people tested, so a very low positive rate.

No more deaths announced – total remains 9.

13 people in hospital, 3 in ICU, 2 are critical.

728 people have recovered.

There are now 16 clusters (10+ related cases). A new cluster is linked to a rest home in Auckland.

Healthcare workers that have been infected – 113, which is 13% of all cases. Only a small number have been due to overseas travel, few have been confirmed as infected off patients.

Dr Bloomfield says that a strong World Health Organisation is important in dealing with Covid-19.

Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern:

As of today the PM, Government Ministers and public service chief executives are taking a 20% pay cut for 6 months – Government ministers and chief executives take pay cut

The media rescue packages will be considered by ministers  ‘soon’.

A lot of questions from media about media. There’s obvious concern from journalists about the future for journalists.

As at 9.00 am, 15 April 2020
Total Change in last 24 hours
Number of confirmed cases in New Zealand 1,078 6
Number of probable cases 308 14
Number of confirmed and probable cases 1,386 20
Number of cases currently in hospital 13 -2
Number of recovered cases 728 100
Number of deaths 9 0

 

Significant clusters in New Zealand (as at 15 April 2020)
Clusters under investigation Location Total to date New cases in last 24 hours Origin
Marist College Auckland 92 -1 Unknown
Wedding Bluff 89 3 Overseas exposure
Hospitality venue Matamata 72 1 Overseas exposure
Private function Auckland 38 3 Unknown
Aged residential care facility (1) Christchurch 35 1 Unknown
World Hereford Conference Queenstown 33 0 Overseas exposure
Community Auckland 30 1 Unknown
Ruby Princess cruise ship Hawke’s Bay 19 1 Overseas exposure
Aged residential care facility (2) Christchurch 19 3 Unknown
Group travel to US Wellington 16 0 Overseas exposure
Group travel to US Auckland 15 0 Overseas exposure
Aged residential care facility (1) Auckland 15 0 Unknown
Aged residential care facility Waikato 14 0 Overseas exposure
Wedding Wellington 13 0 Overseas exposure
Community Christchurch 10 0 Overseas exposure
Aged residential care facility (2) Auckland 10 5 Overseas exposure

* A decrease in numbers is due to probable cases being reclassified as not a case.


Some news preceded today’s update from Stuff: Elderly man dies in New Zealand’s first suspected Covid-19 home death

A man in his 70s has died in Southland in what’s believed to be the first coronavirus home death in New Zealand.

Stuff understands the man had earlier been diagnosed with Covid-19 and was in isolation.

That hasn’t been counted yet.

Daily Covid update Tuesday – deaths up 4 to 9

Dr Ashley Bloomfield:

4 additional deaths, 3 from the Rosewood Rest Home. Total deaths now 9.

Of the new deaths: 2 men in their 90s, one in his 80s, one in his seventies.

This puts a different perspective on New Zealand totals, but is still based on relatively low numbers compared to many countries.

Visits were not allowed but families kept in touch via phone calls and Skype.

Bloomfield said the virus is quite tricky to contain and can spread quite rapidly.

17 new cases (8 confirmed, 9 probable) – total now 1366

15 now in hospital, 3 in ICU, the person in Dunedin still critical.

82 recovered bringing the total recovered to 628.

An unidentified cluster in Auckland has now been acknowledged as a stag party.

Test numbers have recently dropped (similar to Australia) but this is because with isolation the number of all types of viruses is dropping.

As at 9.00 am, 14 April 2020
Total to date New in last 24 hours
Number of confirmed cases in New Zealand 1,072 8
Number of probable cases 294 9
Number of confirmed and probable cases 1,366 17
Number of cases in hospital 15 0
Number of recovered cases 628 82
Number of deaths 9 4

 

Total confirmed and probable cases over time

New confirmed and probable cases over time

Lab testing for COVID-19 as at 9.00 am 13 April
Lab Testing Tests Date
Total tested yesterday 1,572 13 April 2020
7-day rolling average 3,039 7 April to 13 April 2020
Total tested to date 64,399 22 January to 13 April 2020
Supplies in stock 70,826 14 April 2020

 

Covid update Monday – 1 more death, more recoveries than new cases

Another death (a man in his 80s from the Rosewoond Rest home cluster died at Burwood Hospital) brings the total to 5.

19 more cases (15 confirmed and 4 probable) brings the total to 1349.

One more in hospital, total 15 – 4 in ICU, 1 critical.

75 more recovered cases (total 546), so nearly four times more recovered than there are new cases.

There are 33 cases at the Rosewood rest home cluster (17 are confirmed, and 16 probable). Three from that cluster who were confirmed cases have died.

Prime Minister Ardern:

If and when we move to level 3 there will still be significant restrictions.

She  says she will set out what levels 2 and 3 will look like later this week on Thursday. It will include information for business, transport and recreation.

We won’t find out whether we will drop from Level 4 until next week, two days before the 4 weeks is up.

Treasury will tomorrow release economic scenarios on GDP, unemployment and the ability for the economy to recover.

As at 8.30 am, 13 April 2020
Total to date New in last 24 hours
Number of confirmed cases in New Zealand 1,064 15
Number of probable cases 285 4
Number of confirmed and probable cases 1,349 19
Number of cases in hospital 15 1
Number of recovered cases 546 75
Number of deaths (as at 1pm 13 April 2020) 5 1
Total cases by DHB, as at 9.00 am, 13 April 2020
DHB Number of cases Change in last 24 hours
Auckland 176 1
Bay of Plenty 41 -1
Canterbury 136 6
Capital and Coast 88 2
Counties Manukau 101 1
Hawke’s Bay 41 3
Hutt Valley 22 -2
Lakes 16 2
MidCentral 28 0
Nelson Marlborough 48 0
Northland 25 0
South Canterbury 11 0
Southern 209 3
Tairāwhiti 1 0
Taranaki 14 0
Waikato 177 1
Wairarapa 8 0
Waitemata 195 3
West Coast 5 0
Whanganui 7 0
Total 1,349 19

Daily Covid update – 18 new cases, 49 more recovered

Director-General of Health Dr Ashley Bloomfield  back again today after a couple of days off media duties (he’s likely to have other stuff to do).

18 new cases (14 confirmed and 4 probable) for a total 1331

A total 471 recovered, up 49 so more recovered than new cases.

14 in hospital, 5 in ICU, one critical.

No more deaths so that total is still 4. Dr Bloomfield warns there could be more covid-19 deaths in the coming days.

The Wellington man who died on Friday was connected to the Bluff wedding cluster.

Testing yesterday was down due to Easter at 2421 for a total of 61,167

Rosewood residents were last week transferred to Burwood Hospital but aren’t count as hospital patients because they are getting the same level of care as they would have at the rest home with their GP.

As at 9am, 12 April 2020
Total to date New in last 24 hours
Number of confirmed cases in New Zealand 1,049 14
Number of probable cases 281 4
Number of confirmed and probable cases 1,330 18
Number of cases in hospital 14 -1
Number of recovered cases 471 49
Number of deaths 4 0

Note: The number of confirmed and probable cases reported in the last 24 hours includes cases which were entered on an earlier date as ‘under investigation’ or ‘suspected’ whose status has now been changed to confirmed or probable.


 

 

Daily Covid update Thursday – 29 new cases, 35 recovered

Dr Ashley Bloomfield:

29 new cases (23 confirmed and 6 probable) down again – total 1239.

14 in hospital with 4 in ICU.

317 recovered (+35) which again is more than new cases – a very promising sign.

3,990 tests processed yesterday.

Bloomfield says he expects case numbers to stay low, with a few bumps up and down.

Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern:

New modelling to be released this afternoon – current controls have enabled us to meet the most optimisitc modelling scenarios,

She acknowledges they risks to many businesses and makes assuring comments “doing what we can to cushion the blow but this is going to be a marathon”.

She repeats that the best thing we can do for the economy is to keep the virus out.

From midnight tonight every New Zealander returning to the country will go into quarantine (or managed isolation) in a Government approved facility for a minimum of 12 days. A network of 18 hotels will be used for this.

Ardern defends not doing this earlier saying nearly 40,000 New Zealanders  have returned home since we closed the border to foreign nationals and it couldn’t have been done – that’s more than our total hotel capacity.

Contact tracing is now critical and a top priority.

Signposts so we can have a plan.

They will give detailed level 3 rules “for when it comes time to eventually change” to level 3. This will be published on 20 April, 2 days before the 4 week lockdown period is over (so it is based on as much data as possible) to give businesses a couple of days  to plan.

We need to give similar more detailed guidance on what life at Level 3 looks like, and we will do that next week. That will give us a window to iron out questions and issues, and make sure we’re as prepared as we can be when it comes time to move.

It is then my intention that on the 20th of April, two days before the lockdown is due to finish, Cabinet will make a decision on our next steps. That’s because we need to use the most up to date data that we have to make that decision.

That means, if we are ready to move to Alert Level 3, business we will have two days to implement arrangements.

Preparing for coming down to level 3 (with revised rules) but not a guarantee it will happen after 4 weeks.

Message to businesses – prepare for all possibilities.

Asked if there is an endpoint Ardern says now, no end date at this stage, “this will be a marathon”.

As at 9am, 9 April 2020
Total to date New in last 24 hours
Number of confirmed cases in New Zealand 992 23
Number of probable cases 247 6
Number of confirmed and probable cases 1,239 29
Number of cases in hospital 14 2
Number of recovered cases 317 35
Number of deaths 1

Waikato DHB says two nurses have tested positive for COVID-19. They worked in the same ward at Waikato Hospital and  have been stood down immediately on developing symptoms.