Coronavirus: New Zealand has 58 new cases of Covid-19 and two patients in ICU

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Tuesday, 31 March 2020, 1:05PM

There are 58 new confirmed and probable coronavirus cases in New Zealand, Director-General of Health Ashley Bloomfield says.

There are 48 confirmed cases and 10 probable cases.

A total of 74 people have now recovered, while 14 people are in hospital, Bloomfield said.

Two of those patients are in ICU.

There are now 647 cases in total in this country.

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The update comes after New Zealand has its first death due to coronavirus on Sunday.

A 70-year-old woman, who had underlying health conditions, died in Grey Base Hospital on Sunday morning and it's not yet known how she caught the coronavirus.

There has been an average of 1,728 tests a day. Of 455 cases, 26 per cent are close contacts of existing cases and just 10 cases are community transmission.

There were also nine different clusters of cases, including one with 23 cases infected at a Matamata bar on St Patrick's Day, and 47 cases at Marist College in Auckland.

The remainder are travel related.

 

This article was originally posted by NZ Herald and reproduced here with permission.