Coronavirus: New Zealand has 18 new cases and five patients in ICU

Publish Date
Sunday, 12 April 2020, 1:03PM

Today New Zealand has 18 new cases of Covid-19 - bringing the total number of cases in New Zealand to 1,330 says Director-General of Health Ashley Bloomfield.

There are 14 new confirmed cases and 4 probable cases today.

There are no additional deaths.

There are 14 people in hospital, including five in ICU. One of these patients is in critical condition.

Of the total, 471 people have recovered.

For the fourth day in a row, more people have recovered from coronavirus than have tested positive.

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Yesterday, two more deaths were reported, bringing the total to four fatalities.

The first was a man in his 80s, who passed away at Wellington Public Hospital yesterday and had a link to the Bluff wedding cluster.

He first became unwell on March 26 and was admitted on March 28.

The second was a man in his 70s who died in Burwood Hospital after being among the group transferred from the Rosewood Rest Home.

He was tested on April 9.

New Zealand's second death from Covid 19 was confirmed on Friday after a 90-year-old woman with underlying health conditions passed away in Burwood Hospital.

She was also one 20 residents hospitalised from the Rosewood Rest Home after someone tested positive at the facility.

The other death was West Coast woman Anne Guenole, 73, who passed away in hospital on March 29, two days after testing positive for Covid-19.