Coronavirus: New Zealand has its fifth death linked to coronavirus

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Monday, 13 April 2020, 1:05PM

Sadly, New Zealand has recorded its fifth coronavirus-related death.

The death was a man in his 80s, who passed away in Burwood Hospital in Christchurch.

He was one of the residents from the Rosewood rest home moved last week.

Today New Zealand has 19 new cases of Covid-19 - bringing the total number of cases in New Zealand to 1,349 says Director-General of Health Ashley Bloomfield.

There are 15 new confirmed cases and 4 probable cases today.

There are 15 people in hospital, including four in ICU. One of these patients is in critical condition.

Of the total, 546 people have recovered.

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

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On Saturday, 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.