1239 confirmed cases of Covid-19
April 09, 2020
There are 29 new cases of Covid-19, bringing the total number of cases in New Zealand to 1239.
Director-General of Health Dr Ashley Bloomfield says that 35 people have recovered, again more than the number of new cases announced.
Speaking at the same media conference, the Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said that at the halfway mark of the lockdown "what New Zealanders have done over the last two weeks is huge".
She said that in the "face of the greatest threat to human health we have seen in over a century, Kiwis have quietly and collectively implemented a nationwide wall of defence.
"You are breaking the chain of transmission. And you did it for each other."
But Ardern said the lockdown would continue, saying New Zealand "had turned a corner" and that removing constrictions would allow the virus to spread rapidly again.
She also announced that from midnight tonight, every New Zealander returning home from abroad will have to undergo quarantine in an approved facility for 14 days.
Ardern also announced that contact tracing and testing would be stepped up significantly, with greater use of technology for faster contact tracing.
The Prime Minister also talked about preparations for moving back to Alert Level 3 if numbers continued to decline.
"On the 20th of April, two days before the lockdown is due to finish, Cabinet will make a decision on our next steps. That’s because we need to use the most up to date data that we have to make that decision.
"That means, if we are ready to move to Alert Level 3 business we will have two days to implement arrangements."