Coronavirus: New Zealand has 83 new confirmed cases and two patients in ICU

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Saturday, 28 March 2020, 1:13PM

There have been 83 new cases of Covd-19, Director of Civil Defence Emergency Management Sarah Stuart-Black has just confirmed.

She said 50 people have recovered but 12 people are in hospital.

Two people are in intensive care – one on a ventilator. That's a one-person increase on yesterday.

She could not say in which hospitals the two people in intensive care were.

However, it was announced yesterday one patient, who has underlying health issues, was put on a ventilator and admitted to intensive care in Nelson Hospital.

There are 451 cases of Covid-19 in New Zealand.

Stuart-Black again said people who have been tested should remain in self-isolation.

She said people need to be kind to each other.

She said there have been reports of online abuse towards people who have Covid-19.

She said that was not acceptable.

"We need to look out for each other now more than ever."

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As of yesterday, 12,683 tests have been carried out.

The capacity for testing was now at 2,000 per day, which was on a par with Germany on a per person basis.

A strong link to overseas travel was still being seen in New Zealand cases, he said.

There a now more than half a million cases of Covid-19 worldwide and 24,000 confirmed deaths.


This article was originally posted by NZ Herald and reproduced here with permission.