Covid-19: Health boss confirms 22nd death, no new cases again

Author
Amelia Wade, NZ Herald,
Publish Date
Thu, 28 May 2020, 1:10PM
New Zealand has no new Covid-19 cases, for the sixth consecutive day. (Photo / Supplied)
New Zealand has no new Covid-19 cases, for the sixth consecutive day. (Photo / Supplied)

Covid-19: Health boss confirms 22nd death, no new cases again

Author
Amelia Wade, NZ Herald,
Publish Date
Thu, 28 May 2020, 1:10PM

An elderly woman who died in Auckland last week is New Zealand's 22nd Covid-19 death.

A death notice for Eileen Hunter, a resident at St Margaret's rest home, said the 96-year-old died "due to Covid-19" on May 24.

Hunter's family believes she contracted the deadly virus during an outbreak that infected staff and patients.

Director General of Health Ashley Bloomfield says Hunter's death will now be treated as being related to Covid-19.

Hunter had been confirmed as having Covid-19 in April and recovered in hospital and had two negative test results since then, he said. Health officials believed she had recovered from the virus.

Bloomfield also announced that there are no new Covid-19 cases today. Twelve more people have recovered.

It is the sixth day in a row since a new case has been discovered, a record since the start of the pandemic.

The total tally of confirmed and probable cases stands at 1504.