Covid-19 update and advice

by Ann van Engelen

As The Record went to print, the latest information regarding Covid-19 was that the Ministry of Health had confirmed a fifth positive test in New Zealand over the weekend.

“With continued vigilance, the chance of widespread community outbreak is expected to remain low,” says a Ministry of Health spokesperson.

“People coming into New Zealand should check our information for travellers arriving in New Zealand, as they may be subject to border controls or asked to self-isolate.

“The confirmed cases so far fit a pattern of spread primarily within families. It is a pattern identified by the World Health Organisation mission, which identified that around 80 per cent of all human to human transmission occurred in families.

“The Ministry of Health is working with the broader sector to continue a strong response to the ‘stamp out’ phase of our pandemic planning tailored to Covid-19. We are continuing to progress making it easier for health professionals who have retired or are no longer practising to return to work if needed in a pandemic.

“The Medical Council has a disaster and pandemic special purpose scope of practice in place and is meeting this week to review their approach. General information on coronavirus is available on the Covid-19 (novel coronavirus) website.

“We are also asking people who have visited countries or areas of concern and who have developed symptoms of fever, cough or shortness of breath to seek medical advice — phone Healthline’s dedicated Covid-19 number 0800 358 5453 or contact your GP, including phoning ahead of your visit.”