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71 covid-19 cases in Wgtn and Hutt Valley; NZ total reaches 647

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There are now a total of 647 confirmed and probable cases of covid-19 in New Zealand, 58 more than yesterday. Fifty-eight cases are in Wellington (one more than yesterday) and 13 in the Hutt Valley (no increase – unchanged for two days).

Among the clusters of infection being investigated by the Ministry of Health are two (three people and four people) in Hutt City, and two in Wellington: 11 guests who attended a wedding at Boomrock, and 16 people who shared a group holiday in the United States.

Ministry of Health: We need to continue vigilance

Wellington.Scoop – March 30
There are now 75 new cases of covid-19 in New Zealand, making a national total of 589. Of this total, 57 are in the Wellington (Capital and Coast) region (eight more than yesterday), and 13 in the Hutt Valley (the same as yesterday).

The majority of cases are in Auckland, Waitemata, Waikato and Southern.

Twelve people are in hospital, three are expected to be discharged soon. Four of the hospitalised patients are in Wellington Regional Hospital. Two are in intensive care but the Ministry of Health will not state where they are hospitalised.

A majority of the cases show a strong link with overseas travel, or a direct link with other patients.

March 29: 63 new cases and one death
March 28: 83 new cases

Press Release – Ministry of Health
Today, there are 76 new confirmed cases of COVID-19. One of our probable cases has now been confirmed as having COVID-19 and is therefore one of the 76 confirmed cases. There have been no other probable cases reported today, so the number of probable cases has dropped by one to 37. There have been no additional deaths. There are 63 reported cases which we can confirm have recovered.

The combined total of confirmed and probable cases in New Zealand is 589, 75 more than yesterday taking into account the reduction in probable cases.

Today we have 12 people in hospital with COVID-19. It is good news that 3 of these people are soon expected to be discharged. The locations are as follows:
· Gisborne Hospital – 1
· Waikato Hospital – 1
· Whangarei Hospital – 1
· Dunedin Hospital – 1
· Auckland City Hospital – 1
· Wellington Hospital – 4
· Nelson Hospital – 1
· Wairau Hospital (Blenheim) – 1
· Taranaki Base Hospital – 1

Two of these people are in ICU. For privacy reasons we won’t be providing other details on these patients.

Our laboratories are working to process and report test results as quickly as possible. Over the last seven days our average daily test number is 1728. As usual, people being tested are expected to be in strict self-isolation until advised of the result of their test.

We are still seeing a strong link to overseas travel, as well as links to confirmed cases. For instance in yesterday’s new cases, more than half continued to be linked to overseas travel.

Data is being updated on the Ministry’s website each afternoon:

https://www.health.govt.nz/our-work/diseases-and-conditions/covid-19-novel-coronavirus/covid-19-current-situation/covid-19-current-cases

Flu vaccinations

More than 800,000 influenza vaccines have been distributed to vaccination providers. This ensures vaccines are available to vaccinate our priority groups, such as those over 65 years old, pregnant women, children with a history of respiratory illness and frontline workers.

It’s great that so many New Zealanders are keen to protect themselves by getting the flu vaccine.

It’s worth noting that influenza immunisation doesn’t normally start until April, and the flu season doesn’t normally start until late May. So we ask for people’s patience while our health system works through any backlogs. There will be more stock available in the first half of April.

Flutracking

Flutracking is an online survey which asks if you have had a fever or cough in the last week and which can help us track COVID-19. Registering online will help our surveillance efforts by providing early detection of community spread of the flu and also of COVID-19 symptoms.

We encourage people to register online at

www.info.flutracking.net

This is a practical thing everyone can do to help us monitor flu and COVID-19 symptoms throughout NZ.

Report from RNZ
The Auckland girls’ school Marist College has 47 confirmed and probable cases of Covid-19. It is the biggest cluster of infection being tracked by health authorities.

The board chairperson Stephen Dallow says the confirmed cases include teachers, students and adults within the community.

The entire school of about 750 students, as well as staff, is classed as close contacts and they have been asked to keep to strict isolation rules.