News from Ministry of Health
New Zealand now has had four deaths associated with COVID-19. Two deaths reported today were older individuals with underlying health conditions. Both were linked to clusters.
The first death was a man in his 80s who died at Wellington Public Hospital yesterday. He had a link to an established cluster. To allow his family time to grieve, we will not be identifying that cluster. He became unwell on 26 March, and was admitted to Wellington Hospital on 28 March. We are confident his close contacts have been traced and that there is no additional risk.
The second death was a man in his 70s who died at Burwood Hospital in Christchurch yesterday. He was one of a group of 20 residents transferred from Rosewood Rest Home & Hospital to Burwood as part of the Canterbury District Health Board’s cluster management process. These residents were relocated to a ward at Burwood to allow them to be managed in one location but in isolation from each other. He was tested on 9 April and returned a positive result for COVID-19. Due to the underlying vulnerabilities of this group, we can not rule out further serious illness or deaths within it.< /p>
Today there are 29 new cases of COVID-19 to report – 20 new confirmed cases of COVID-19 and 9 new probable cases. There are now 422 reported cases of COVID-19 who have recovered – an increase of 49 on yesterday. We continue to report more people recovered than new combined cases.
The combined total of confirmed and probable cases in New Zealand is 1312. Today there are 15 people in hospital, not inclusive of the Burwood group. That total includes five in ICU – one each in Wellington, Middlemore, Hawke’s Bay, Dunedin and North Shore. One of these ICU patients – in Dunedin – is in a critical condition.
We are still seeing a clear but declining link to overseas travel (40%), and links to confirmed cases in New Zealand (46%) including those in clusters, and community transmission (2%). We are still investigating 11% of cases.
Yesterday we carried out 3061 tests, with a rolling 7 day average of 3619 and total tests to date of 58,746.
The Ministry has a considerable focus on clusters, and there is significant public interest in our management of them. Three of the four deaths to date are linked to clusters. There are 13 significant clusters as of today. Our three largest clusters remain: Matamata (70); Bluff (85); and Marist College (85). The new cluster is an aged residential care facility in Christchurch, the George Manning.
Additionally, we have information on two of our larger Auckland clusters. One is an outbreak in the community which resulted in cases at a Spectrum facility providing day care to individuals with an intellectually disability. The second was linked to a private party in Auckland. There have been 35 cases linked to this cluster.
Wellington.Scoop – April 10
There are three new cases of covid-19 in Wellington, making a total of 86, and one new case in the Hutt Valley, making a total of 21. Two of the patients are in Wellington Hospital. New Zealand today reported a second death from the virus, and the national total of cases rose by 44 to 1283.
News from Ministry of Health – April 10
There has been a second death linked to COVID-19 – a woman in her nineties at Burwood Hospital in Christchurch on Thursday. She was one of a group of 20 residents transferred from Rosewood Rest Home & Hospital to Burwood Hospital earlier in the week as part of the Canterbury District Health Board’s cluster management process.
These residents were relocated to a ward at Burwood to allow them to isolate together in a ‘group bubble’. The woman who died had experienced a number of common age-related health conditions prior to her testing positive for COVID-19 this week.
Because of Alert Level 4, no family members were able to visit the woman in hospital in recent days and were not able to be present when she died. Hospital staff were able to provide her with comfort and support and we thank them for that.
New Zealand’s first death linked to COVID-19 was on March 29 on the West Coast, a woman in her 70s with underlying health conditions.
Today there are 44 new cases of COVID-19 to report – made up of 23 new confirmed cases of COVID-19 and 21 new probable cases. Fourteen of the new 44 cases are linked to existing clusters, with investigations ongoing for others.
There are now 373 reported cases of COVID-19 which we can confirm have recovered – an increase of 56 on yesterday. We continue to report more people recovered than new combined cases.
The combined total of confirmed and probable cases in New Zealand is 1283. Sixteen people are in hospital. That includes five in ICU – one each in Hawke’s Bay, Wellington, Waitemata, Counties Manukau and Southern DHBs. Two of these ICU patients in Southern and Waitemata are in a critical condition.
For cases we have information on, we are still seeing a strong but declining link to overseas travel (40%), and ongoing links to confirmed cases within New Zealand (44%) including those in clusters we already know about and community transmission (2%). We are still investigating 14% of cases.
There are still 12 significant clusters. Our three largest clusters remain the same: Matamata (69, up 5 on yesterday); Bluff (87, no change); and Marist College (84, no change).
In terms of testing, yesterday we carried out 4520 tests, with a rolling 7 day average of 3700 and total tests to date of 55,685.
NOTE – the ICU figure in this release updates today’s standup, to include a patient in Hawke’s Bay.