Keep a distance, wear your masks, wash your hands. If you're sick stay home and contact your GP or Healthline. Keep track of where you've been and who you've seen. You can learn more about our alert level and its restrictions at www.covid19.govt.nz.
For an update on cases head to the Ministry of Health's current cases page.
There is a COVID-19 Alert Level System in place across New Zealand.
Coronavirus is a large group of viruses which cause illnesses such as the common cold. COVID-19 was first reported in Wuhan City, Hubei Province, China.
A dry cough. fever, fatigue shortness of breath, sore throat. Its difficult to differentiate between COVID-19 and the common flu.
Symptoms take anywhere from 2 to 10 days to show after a person has been infected and not everyone has symptoms.
View the full alert system here.
We have been asked to refrain from physical contact to prevent COVID-19 spreading further. This means suspending customs like hongi or harirū alongside kissing, hugging and other forms of close contact.
We are at Level 2: Reduce. There is a risk of community transmission in NZ.
We are currently working across Waves 3 and 4 of the Pandemic. This involves transitioning from a medical and clinical focus to a social and employment one.
Contact your GP if you think you need to be tested. Tests are currently operated through pathlab via GP referral.
Like the common flu, COVID-19 spreads from person to person — through coughing, sneezing and conversations.
It can also sit on surfaces and can be picked up through touch afterwards—where the hand then touches mouth, nose or face.
Once patients have been diagnosed with COVID-19 the majority go on to make a full recovery.
The elderly (60+) are the most vulnerable part of our population.
Most vaccines take months if not years to develop. It's still helpful to get your annual flu vaccine - to protect you from influenza and keep the pressure off New Zealand's medical services.
As cases increase, the curve gets higher. In order to stop the virus from spreading and flatten the curve, the government puts in place social controls to prevent interaction, assembly and movement.