There have been no new cases of covid-19 in Wellington or the Hutt Valley for the last three days. Nationwide, there are five new cases, making a total of 1,456. There has been one more death, a man in his sixties from the Rosewood resthome in Christchurch – he is the tenth person to die from the Rosewood cluster.
Wellington.Scoop – April 23
There have again been no new cases of covid 19 in Wellington or the Hutt Valley today. Nationwide there are two new confirmed cases, and one new probable case. However, there is no change to the total number of cases – as three reported yesterday that had returned from Uruguay have been reclassified as under investigation. Two more deaths are reported today. Those who have recovered now total 1065.
Wellington.Scoop – April 22
Six more cases of covid 19 have been reported in New Zealand today, three from travel and three from clusters. There are no new cases in Wellington (where two new cases were reported yesterday) or the Hutt Valley. There has been one more death – a woman in her 80s from the Rosewood rest home. There are now 1,036 people who have recovered, meaning there are now 401 active cases in New Zealand. 5289 tests were carried out yesterday, making a total of 94,797.
Wellington.Scoop – April 21
There have been two more covid-19 cases in Wellington  overnight, bringing the total to 95; but no more in the Hutt Valley for six days. The national total rose by five overnight, making a total of 1445, of whom 1006 have recovered. Fourteen people are in hospital. One death was reported overnight – a woman in her seventies in Waitakere Hospital. There have now been 13 deaths from the virus.
[The total for Wellington in the above paragraph has been corrected since it was first published.]
Wellington.Scoop – April 20
There have been no new covid-19 cases in Wellington for the last three days, and none in the Hutt Valley for five days. The national total has risen by nine in the last 24 hours, making a total of 1440, of whom 974 have recovered. There have been eleven deaths. Fourteen patients are in hospital, three of them in intensive care, and none of them in Wellington or the Hutt Valley.
Wellington.Scoop – April 19
There have been no new covid-19 cases in Wellington or the Hutt Valley in the last 24 hours. Nationwide, the number of cases has increased by nine, to a total of 1431. Of these, 911 have recovered. There are 18 patients in hospital, none of them in Wellington or the Hutt Valley. Three of the patients are in intensive care: one each in Middlemore, Dunedin and North Shore hospitals.
Wellington.Scoop – April 18
One more case of covid-19 has been reported in Wellington, making a total of 93. Forty-nine of the patients have recovered and two have died. There is no change in the Hutt Valley, where 13 of the 20 patients have recovered. Nationwide, there are now 1422 cases  – thirteen more than yesterday. 867 patients have recovered.
Wellington.Scoop – April 17
One new case of covid 19  has been reported in Wellington today – making a total of 92, of whom 46 have recovered and two have died. There have been no new cases in the Hutt Valley. There are no patients in the Wellington or Hutt Hospitals.
New Zealand’s total number of COVID-19 cases has increased by 8, made up of 2 new confirmed cases and 6 new probable cases – all linked to confirmed cases or outbreaks. The new combined total of confirmed and probable cases in New Zealand is 1409.
Two more deaths have been reported, a man in his 90s who died in Waikato Hospital, and a woman in her 80s who died at Burwood Hospital. She was part of the group of 20 Rosewood residents who were transferred to Burwood on April 6. There have now been 7 deaths from the group of Rosewood residents.
This brings the total number of confirmed COVID-19 deaths in New Zealand to 11.
Wellington.Scoop – April 16
There are now 91 cases of covid-19 in the Wellington/Capital and Coast district – three more than yesterday. The Hutt Valley total is unchanged at 20. The total number of cases in New Zealand is now 1401, 15 more than yesterday. Twelve patients are in hospital – but none in Wellington or the Hutt Valley. A total of 770 people have recovered, 42 more than yesterday.
More great progress – only 15 cases today. Here is a comparison of how our daily new cases compare to other countries with low daily new case numbers of COVID-19. #StayHome  #StayInYourBubble  #staythedistance  pic.twitter.com/2CYgR0OmQD 
— NZ ChiefSciAdvisor (@ChiefSciAdvisor) April 16, 2020 
News from Ministry of Health – April 16
Today New Zealand’s total number of COVID-19 cases has increased by 15, made up of 6 new confirmed cases and 9 new probable cases. There are no further deaths. There are now 770 reported cases who have recovered – an increase of 42 on yesterday. The new combined total of confirmed and probable cases in New Zealand is 1401.
Today there are 12 people in hospital. The total includes three people in ICU – one each in Middlemore, Dunedin and North Shore hospitals. Two of these ICU patients – in North Shore and Dunedin – are in a critical condition.
As of today, just 4% of cases are now classified as under investigation.
We have done some further analysis on the 23 cases between 24 March and yesterday still categorised as “origin unknown”. We have been able to confirm that five of these have overseas exposure and 13 are contacts of a confirmed case including some linked to known clusters or to people who have travelled back from overseas. Four of the cases are classed as community acquired and continue to be thoroughly investigated. Just one case, which is from yesterday, is still under active investigation. In this instance the local Public Health officials have undertaken extensive interviews with the case. In addition, contact tracing around the case has taken place, and we have asked for extensive testing of close and casual contacts.
3661 tests were processed yesterday, with a rolling 7-day average of 2714 and total tests to date of 70,160.
Some specific targeted sentinel testing is now underway, for example this morning in Queenstown, 300 supermarket workers and shoppers were tested. This will help inform our knowledge on community transmission. These testing numbers also include two new labs which have come online — Medlab Central (Palmerston North) and Nelson Marlborough lab both started testing yesterday.
There are again 16 significant clusters – no change from yesterday. 11 more cases have been connected to clusters. Finally, in the case of the death in the Southern District Health Board, there is now a post mortem process underway. We will provide further information once we have the results.