New Zealand is now in Alert Level One!

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Monday, 8 June 2020, 1:23PM
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Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern has annoucned that New Zealand is in Alert Level One.

 

The golden rules of Alert Level 1:

• If you are sick, stay home

• If you have cold or flu-like symptoms get tested

• Wash your hands, Wash your hands, Wash your hands

• Sneeze and cough into your elbow and regularly disinfect shared surfaces

• If you are told by health authorities to self isolate you must do so immediately

• If concerned about your wellbeing or you have underlying health conditions, consult with your GP

• Keep track of where you've been and who you've seen so we can use that for contact tracing if needed

• Businesses should help with rule seven by displaying a QR code

• Stay vigilant

For more information and updates, head to nzherald.co.nz.

There are no active cases of Covid-19 in New Zealand.

The final case, an Auckland woman in her 50s associated with the St Margaret's rest home in Auckland, has now recovered from the virus.

Director general of health Dr Ashley Bloomfield said the woman's recovery was "really good news" for her and something "the rest of New Zealand can take heart in".

"Having no active cases for the first time since February 28 is certainly a significant mark in our journey but as we've previously said, ongoing vigilance against Covid-19 will continue to be essential."

There are no new confirmed or probable cases.

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

There have been no additional deaths to report and no one is in hospital.

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Today is a significant milestone as we announce that the last active case of COVID-19 in New Zealand has recovered. ⁣ ⁣ This means there are now 0 active cases in New Zealand. ⁣ ⁣ Thank you for staying home, playing it safe and for supporting those fighting the virus themselves. ⁣ ⁣ Full update from Ministry of Health: ⁣ ⁣ The Ministry has been notified by Auckland Regional Public Health that its remaining case has been symptom free for 48 hours and is regarded as recovered. The person has now been released from isolation. Their case had been linked to the St Margaret’s Hospital & Rest Home cluster in Auckland. ⁣ ⁣ For the 17th consecutive day, there are no new cases of COVID-19 to report in New Zealand.⁣ ⁣ Our total number of confirmed cases remains at 1,154, which is the number we report to the World Health Organization.⁣ ⁣ Our combined total of confirmed and probable cases remains at 1,504.⁣ ⁣ The number of recovered cases is now 1,482.⁣ There are no additional deaths to report.⁣ ⁣ There is no one in New Zealand receiving hospital-level care for COVID-19.⁣ ⁣ Yesterday our laboratories completed 800 tests, bringing the total number of tests completed to date to 294,848 - lower testing volumes are regularly observed over weekends.⁣ We are keeping our testing approach under constant review. New Zealanders can be assured that our capacity remains high and that testing at the border and in our communities will continue to be an essential part of our COVID-19 elimination strategy. ⁣ ⁣ We want to encourage and remind everyone that if they have any respiratory symptoms, they should seek advice from Healthline, their GP or after-hours clinic about getting tested. Testing is free. ⁣ ⁣ Eight significant clusters have closed, this is unchanged from yesterday. A cluster is considered to be closed when there have been no new cases for two incubation periods (i.e. 28 days) from the date when all cases have completed isolation.⁣ ⁣ ⁣ The Director-General of Health will attend today's 3 pm media conference at the Beehive & this will be streamed live on Ministry of Health's website.

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"New Zealanders can be assured that our capacity remains high and that testing at the border and in our communities will continue to be an essential part of our Covid-19 elimination strategy.

"We want to encourage and remind everyone that if they have any respiratory symptoms, they should seek advice from Healthline, their GP or after-hours clinic about getting tested. Testing is free," the Ministry said.

Eight significant clusters are closed. This is unchanged from yesterday.

A cluster is considered to be closed when there have been no new cases for two incubation periods (ie 28 days) from the date when all cases have completed isolation.

Professor Michael Baker said having no active cases was "an important milestone on the way to Covid-19 elimination".

"These active cases are not themselves a major concern as we know about them and can ensure they are safely isolated. The worry has always been about the undetected cases that can cause outbreaks if we come out of lock down too swiftly," he said.

"As long as we are still at Level 2, we need to continue to follow physical distancing and other rules designed to minimise our risk of spreading Covid-19 and having another outbreak."

"This event, when it happens, is a statement that we have achieved the goal of eliminating the Covid-19 virus from this country.

"This is, however, only the first battle in what will be a long-term war against this virus. The threat from Covid-19 obviously remains while this pandemic continues across the globe. This risk will rise again in New Zealand as we gradually increase the numbers of incoming travellers. It will also rise during the coming winter when coronaviruses are more transmissible."

Department of Public Health senior research fellow Dr Amanda Kvalsvig said having no active cases "isn't really a meaningful landmark for pandemic control".

The numbers of 'active' and 'recovered' cases don't tell us how many people are still infectious, and don't answer the really important question which is whether there is still virus circulating in the population. If we continue to find no new cases despite ongoing testing, that's much more informative and so far the results are encouraging."

The Ministry's latest update and advice from Bloomfield will be among the evidence Cabinet will weigh up to make its decision on alert level 1.

Alert level 1 means all restrictions on businesses and gatherings are lifted and physical distancing is "encouraged" instead of being mandatory.

The golden rules of alert level 1 were:

• If you are sick, stay home

• If you have cold or flu-like symptoms get tested

• Wash your hands, Wash your hands, Wash your hands

• Sneeze and cough into your elbow and regularly disinfect shared surfaces

• If you are told by health authorities to self isolate you must do so immediately

• If concerned about your wellbeing or you have underlying health conditions, consult with your GP

• Keep track of where you've been and who you've seen so we can use that for contact tracing if needed

• Businesses should help with rule seven by displaying a QR code

• Stay vigilant

-nzherald.co.nz