Daily Covid-19 update – Friday

Director of Public Health, Dr Caroline McElnay (she usually does Fridays):

2 new confirmed cases, one  linked to the St Margaret’s Rest Home in Auckland (a nurse), and the other upgraded from probable. So just one more added to the combined total of 1,490

90% of all probably and confirmed cases have recovered.

3 people in hospital (up 1 in yesterday).

No more deaths.

A new record 7,812 tests yesterday bringing the total to 175,835 (3.5% of the population).

A reminder that we are still in level 3 lockdown but should be preparing for whenever we change down to level 2.

Urged to play it safe.

Minister of Finance Grant Robertson

When we change to level 2 the aim is to get business working again as much as possible, but safely.

Refers to: Govt books reflect swift action to protect New Zealanders from COVID-19 impact

The Treasury today released the Crown financial statements for the nine months to the end of March. Net Core Crown Debt was 21.3% of GDP with an OBEGAL deficit of $2.7 billion.

Core Crown tax revenue was $0.4 billion above December forecasts, due to higher-than-forecast PAYE, GST and customs and excise duties reflecting the growing economy before COVID-19. Core Crown expenses were $4.4 billion above forecast, reflecting the financial support for businesses and the health system as we went hard and early in our response.

“As of yesterday the wage subsidy scheme has paid out more than $10.6 billion dollars to more than 1.7 million workers. The scheme was in place from March 17, more than a week before the country went into Alert Level 4.”

MSD figures show jobseeker figures are up around 40,000.

There has been a tenfold increase of people coming back from overseas and onto the jobseeker benefit.

There has been an increase of 30 percent of vehicle traffic since moving to level 3.

Treasury says business activity would be back to 75% of prior levels under level 3 and 85% when we drop to level 2, but level 3 has actually been 80%.

The budget will be delivered next week. It is likely to be quite different to past budgets.+

Some signs of improvement globally:

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Covid update Friday – 2 more deaths, total 4, cases +29

Director of Public Health Dr Caroline McElnay:

Two more deaths today – older individuals with underlying health problems. So the total deaths are now 4.

A man in his 80s died in Wellington Hospital. He first became ill in 26 March and is linked to a cluster.

A man in his 70s died in Burwood Hospital, who was moved there from Rosewood Rest Home. It is the second death from there.

Thirty people linked to Rosewood Rest Home in Christchurch are confirmed to have Covid-19 or probably have it, including 13 residents and 18 staff and two other cases who have had close contact. They are still investigating how Covid was transmitted to the rest home.

There is a new Christchurch cluster in Christchurch at the George Manning Rest Home.+

Another new cluster is linked to a the Spectrum daycare facility providing day care for individuals with intellectual disabilities

29 new cases today (20 confirmed and 9 probable) bringing the total cases to 1,312.

422 now recovered (+49)

15 in hospital, 5 in Intensive care (1 critical)

As at 9am, 11 April 2020
Total to date New in last 24 hours
Number of confirmed cases in New Zealand 1,035 20
Number of probable cases 277 9
Number of confirmed and probable cases 1,312 29
Number of cases in hospital 15 -1
Number of recovered cases 422 49
Number of deaths 4 2

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.

View details of confirmed and probable cases.

View details of significant COVID-19 clusters.

View testing data by region.

Total cases by DHB, as at 9.00 am, 11 April 2020
DHB Number of cases Change in last 24 hours
Auckland 173 4
Bay of Plenty 42 3
Canterbury 135 0
Capital and Coast 86 0
Counties Manukau 98 3
Hawke’s Bay 38 3
Hutt Valley 21 0
Lakes 14 1
MidCentral 28 0
Nelson Marlborough 48 0
Northland 25 1
South Canterbury 11 0
Southern 207 5
Tairāwhiti 1 0
Taranaki 14 0
Waikato 167 1
Wairarapa 9 1
Waitemata 183 7
West Coast 5 0
Whanganui 7 0
Total 1,312 29


Greater Wellington Regional Council has released details on air quality for the first full week of lockdown showing dramatic falls in pollutants across the region.

Air pollution from traffic emissions measured at its Wellington City station from 26 March to 1 April dropped by 72 percent as a weekly average compared to the same period over the previous four years (2016-2019). Levels measured at its Upper Hutt station, which are usually much lower than Wellington City, fell by 63 percent.


Patient numbers at emergency departments in Auckland, Northland fall

Patient volumes at some emergency departments in Auckland and Northland have fallen by up to 50 percent in recent weeks, leaving district health boards worried people are delaying seeking treatment.

Longer jury trials hiatus ‘devastating’ but understandable – defence lawyer

Chief Justice Helen Winkelmann shut down the trials last month until May, and that has now been extended another two months due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

Courts are still hearing priority proceedings during the lockdown which include matters of individual liberty, family violence and cases where a defendant is being held in custody – unless the cases involve witnesses.

Elizabeth Hall from the Defence Lawyers Association said the backlog could cause year-long delays in some cases, and defendants could decide to plead guilty rather than wait.

“The people who are awaiting trial are presumed to be innocent.

“So the risk is that people who are in fact innocent feel the pressure to plead guilty just to get it over and done with, because they can’t bear waiting and because they may end up being in custody longer waiting than if they just pleaded and got it out of the way.”

She said extending the suspension of jury trials would have a “devastating impact” on victims, witnesses and defendants.

Hall said lawyers understood that convening juries created a health risk and the only option was to cancel them for now.

Covid update Friday – second death, more recoveries than new cases

Director of Public Health Dr Caroline McElnay:

The second death reported today, a woman in her 90s who has been in Burwood Hospital. She was one of twenty people transferred from a rest home earlier in the week. Family weren’t able to be with the woman in hospital because of the lockdown.

So the total deaths are now 2.

44 new cases today (23 confirmed and 21 probable) bringing the total cases to 1283.

14 new cases are linked to existing clusters.

373 now recovered (+56)

16 in hospital, 4 in Intensive care (2 critical)

That’s a few more cases than yesterday but it was expected that totals would fluctuate.

The highest number of tests yesterday not resulting in significantly more cases – a good sign.

As at 9am, 10 April 2020
Total to date New in last 24 hours
Number of confirmed cases in New Zealand 1,015 23
Number of probable cases 268 21
Number of confirmed and probable cases 1,283 44
Number of cases in hospital 16 2
Number of recovered cases 373 56
Number of deaths 2 1

View details of confirmed and probable cases.

View details of significant COVID-19 clusters.

View testing data by region.

In the south of the South Island, the police say hundreds of vehicles were stopped at 10 checkpoints yesterday, but only a handful were breaching the lockdown. Most drivers were either essential workers or heading to the supermarket.