No new cases of Covid-19 for 11th day – Ministry of Health

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There are no new cases or deaths from the Covid-19 coronavirus reported today, and just one active case still remaining.

WELLINGTON, NEW ZEALAND - MAY 19: Director-General of Health Dr Ashley Bloomfield speaks to media during a press conference at Parliament on May 19, 2020 in Wellington, New Zealand.

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The Ministry of Health released today’s figures in a written statement, rather than the usual live media briefing.

It said confirmed and probable cases remained at 1504, with the total number of confirmed cases – which is reported to the World Health Organization – was still 1154.

The number of recovered cases was unchanged at 1481 with just one active case remaining and no people in hospital with the virus.

There were no additional deaths to report.

Director-General of Health Ashley Bloomfield urged people to take care if attending gatherings to recognise the death of George Floyd in the United States.

“Anyone who attended these gatherings or who is planning to be at other upcoming events and feels they may be at risk by coming into close contact with people they don’t know, should take a cautious approach and seek advice,” Dr Bloomfield said in the written statement.

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“People can get that advice from Healthline, from their GP or after-hours clinic.

“Whatever the Alert Level in New Zealand, it’s clear Covid-19 will continue to be a global threat for some time and it’s important we remain vigilant – both as individuals and as a country.”

“This means continuing to observe physical distancing to keep yourself and others safe, seeking appropriate heath advice, and most importantly staying at home if you’re unwell,” the statement said.

  • If you have symptoms of the coronavirus, call the NZ Covid-19 Healthline on 0800 358 5453 (+64 9 358 5453 for international SIMs) or call your GP – don’t show up at a medical centre

The statement highlighted that the rules for level 2 maintained that gatherings should have a maximum of 100 people and people at those gatherings should be physically distanced from one another.

On testing, the ministry said 654 tests were completed yesterday, with the lower number attributed to lower testing volumes over the holiday weekend. They brought the total number to 282,263.

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It said there had been about 6000 more registrations on the government’s Covid-19 tracing app, bringing the total so far to about 482,000 registrations.

There had also been a total 21,215 QR code posters created for the app for use by businesses, the statement said.

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