Coronavirus: New Zealand has 89 new cases of Covid-19 and two patients in ICU

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Thursday, 2 April 2020, 1:08PM

Director-General of Health Ashley Bloomfield says there are 89 new cases of coronavirus in New Zealand.

The 89 new cases are made up of 76 confirmed cases and 13 probable cases. It brings the total to 797 cases since the start of the pandemic.

92 people have recovered, he said.

Thirteen people are in hospital and two are in the ICU.

Fifty-one per cent of cases have links to overseas travel

Just one per cent are community transmission - but Bloomfield expects that number to rise.

Seventeen per cent of cases are still being investigated. Bloomfield says many of those are expected to be community transmission.

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There were 2,563 tests yesterday – which makes a total of 26,000 tests so far.

More than 4,000 tests can be processed a day, Bloomfield said.

He said there are eight labs in New Zealand, with that number ramping up in the coming days.

Today marks a week since New Zealand went to alert level four and the country went into lockdown.

Since then, there have been more than 500 new cases of Covid-19 in New Zealand, and one death.

 

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