COVID-19 media update, 27 April

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27 April 2020

The All of Government COVID-19 National Response provided an update at 1.00 pm today.


  • Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern
  • Dr Ashley Bloomfield, Director-General of Health

View the video of the media briefing below.


Today, there was just one new confirmed cases of COVID-19 and four new probable cases. All of those cases can be traced to a known source. 

In the context of our overall total, six cases that were previously probably have been reclassified as either still under investigation or not a case. This means our current national total is 1,469, and that is a net reduction of one. 

The total confirmed cases is 1,122. This is the number we report to the World Health Organization. 

Dr Bloomfield explained that the reason why some probable cases have been reclassified is because Public health Units are reviewing recent probable cases. Some of these have been classified as probable cases as a precautionary approach around clusters of existing cases, particularly over the last few weeks. This means we identify close contacts and put them in self isolation while they are being investigated. We have found upon review that some cases with repeated negative tests that they no longer should be classified as probable cases. 

We will continue to report each day, the number of confirmed and probable cases in New Zealand. 

Yesterday there were 2,939 laboratory tests processed. Our combined total to date is 123,920. 
1,180 people are reported as recovered. 

Today, there are seven people in hospital, again unchanged from yesterday. And this includes one person In intensive care in Middlemore.  

We have one additional death to report today, which takes our total number of deaths related toCOVID-19 to 19. A woman in her 90s, was there in hospital.

There are still 16 significant clusters and again, this is no change from yesterday. We have only one case since 1 April, where we are still investigating the source of infection. This is a confirmed case in Tauranga, and a possible link is still being investigated.  

Reporters asked about:

  • Contact tracing 
  • Close Contacts 
  • What services DHBs are bringing back at Alert Level 3
  • Asymptomatic Patients 
  • Bleach 
  • The Rosewood Cluster.


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