11 days of no Covid cases in New Zealand

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NZ Herald,
Publish Date
Tue, 2 Jun 2020, 1:09PM
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11 days of no Covid cases in New Zealand

Author
NZ Herald,
Publish Date
Tue, 2 Jun 2020, 1:09PM

There are no new Covid cases in New Zealand for an eleventh straight day, as Cabinet meets to consider when the country can move to alert level 1.

The country has gone 11 consecutive days without any new cases. No one is currently in hospital receiving treatment and there is just one active case remaining.

The country's combined total of confirmed and probable cases remains at 1504.

The number of recovered cases is unchanged at 1481.

There are no additional deaths to report, the ministry said in a statement.

Yesterday laboratories completed 654 tests, bringing the total number of tests completed to date to 282,263. Lower testing volumes were expected over the holiday weekend.

Director-general of health Dr Ashley Bloomfield said he was aware of yesterday's "large gatherings" in New Zealand following 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," he said.

But as there was no evidence of community transmission in New Zealand, quarantining for 14 days was not required.

People could get advice from Healthline, from their GP or an after-hours clinic if they had concerns, Bloomfield said.

"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," he said.

"There's currently no evidence of community transmission in New Zealand so at this time, quarantine for 14 days after attending one of these outdoor events is not required.

"It's really important that people remain alert to symptoms and seek advice if they're at all concerned."

Bloomfield reminded people that under alert level 2 rules gatherings should have no more than 100 people and the public should follow physical distancing rules.