The Government and the Ministry of Health has released the big developments in tackling Covid-19 that affects the community and the businesses in New Zealand.

The top developments today are lesser number of Covid-19 cases detected against the estimations of MoH, 74 people so far have recovered though.

The number of cases is expected to rise in the coming days. NZ stands with one death (announced on Sunday), and 647 cases so far.

Supermarkets to remain closed on Good Friday, April 10, but operate of Easter Sunday, April 12.

New Zealand continues to be in the state of national emergency for another week.

And a reminder to New Zealanders not to flush the wet wipes down the toilet instead throw them in the dustbin.

Further down, the Government and MoH have answered some burning queries by the Kiwis and other FAQs for their information.

1. New Cases: 58 | Total Cases: 647 | Recovery: 74 | Deaths

The total number of cases is 647, with 58 new or probable cases confirmed within the last 24 hours. Seventy-four people have recovered. For the latest numbers visit the Ministry of Health website.

2. Drop in new cases, but expected to rise this week:

While there has been a drop in the number of new or probable cases of COVID-19, this is likely due to less testing over the weekend. We’re still expecting to see the number of cases continue to rise in the next 7-10 days. The Government will be extending the testing criteria so that more people can be tested for COVID-19.

3. MoH releases modelling showing Covid-19’s impact and actions taken by NZ:

The Ministry of Health has released modelling that shows without the actions currently being taken, COVID-19 would exact a high price on our health system and in the number of deaths. It’s a reminder to all of us that everyone has a role to play to eradicate COVID-19 from our communities. Stay at home, break the chain, save lives.

4. Rules around Easter trading have been announced

This will see supermarkets remain closed as usual on Good Friday (April 10), but will be open on Easter Sunday (April 12) to ensure people do not feel the need to panic buy. The closure on Good Friday will give staff an opportunity to have a well-deserved rest and give supermarkets the chance to restock their shelves. All supermarket staff will be able to say no to working on Easter Sunday.

5. State of National Emergency extended till April 7, 2020

The State of National Emergency to help stop the spread of COVID-19 has been extended for a further seven days. Extending the State of National Emergency ensures we have the resources, support and powers we need to prevent the spread of COVID-19 in our communities. For more information, the extension of the State of National Emergency can be found here.

Finally, a reminder to all New Zealanders to please not flush wet wipes down the toilet. This has the potential to cause issues on our wastewater systems around the country. Please put these in the bin.

Answers to common questions:

Q. Can I buy whiteware or computer equipment during Alert Level 4?

A. Yes, the Government has announced that essential non-food items such as whiteware and computer equipment can be sold at Level 4. This recognises the need for people to safely isolate, stay connected to one another and work or study from home.

In order to protect public safety, there are rules around how these things can be sold. For example, businesses can only take orders for essential non-food goods. Businesses must only take orders online or by phone, and keep storefronts shut. Goods must be delivered to people’s homes without making physical contact with the buyer.

It might take some time for businesses to set-up their systems to comply with these rules.

More information is available on the Ministry of Business Innovation and employment website.

Q. I’m due to give birth while we’re at Level 4. How will my medical care be affected?

A. New Zealand is currently at Alert Level 4. This may impact the way you receive medical care if you are pregnant or have recently given birth.

During your pregnancy, face-to-face check-ups may be reduced. Your midwife will still make contact with you over the phone or by video call.

When you give birth, maternity facilities will have restrictions on the number of visitors and support people you can have with you.

If you have been diagnosed with COVID-19, inform your midwife or midwifery practice.

The Ministry of Health has more information on its website for pregnant women and those who have recently given birth.

Q. Should I be washing fruit and vegetables?

A. Washing fruit and vegetables when you get home from the supermarket or after they have been delivered is a good extra step for protecting you and your family. For more FAQs, visit our website.

Resources

  • Call Healthline if you suspect you have COVID-19 symptoms: 0800 358 5453
  • For any other COVID-19 related queries, contact the government helpline: 0800 779 997
  • Need to talk? Call or text 1737
  • Essential business enquiries essential@mbie.govt.nz or 0800 22 66 57
  • Report breaches of self-isolation 105.police.govt.nz

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