- Publish Date
- Monday, 30 March 2020, 1:08PM
There are 76 new cases of Covid-19 in New Zealand, Director General of Health Ashley Bloomfield says.
One is a probable case that has now been confirmed, but there were no additional probable cases, he said.
A total of 63 people have now recovered, while 12 people are in hospital, Bloomfield said.
Two of those patients are in ICU on a ventilator.
There are now 589 cases in total in this country.
The update comes after New Zealand has its first death due to coronavirus yesterday.
A 70-year-old woman, who had underlying health conditions, died in Grey Base Hospital on Sunday morning and it's not yet known how she caught the coronavirus.
There has been an average of 1,728 tests a day. Of 455 cases, 26 per cent are close contacts of existing cases and just 10 cases are community transmission.
The remainder are travel related.
This article was originally posted by NZ Herald and reproduced here with permission.