This section provides the latest updates, information and advice on COVID-19.
New Zealand has 1,504 confirmed and probable cases of COVID-19. More information is available on our current cases page.
Alert Level 2
On Thursday 14 May New Zealand moved to Alert Level 2 - Reduce.
From 12pm on Friday 29 May several changes to the Alert Level 2 rules came into effect. For a summary of these changes, see the COVID-19 website or our updated guidelines for social gatherings, businesses and services, and deaths, funerals, and tangihanga.
Elimination strategy for Aotearoa New Zealand
Our elimination strategy is a sustained approach to keep it out, find it and stamp it out. We do this through: border control; disease surveillance; physical distancing and hygiene measures; testing and tracing all potential cases; isolating cases and their close contacts; and broader public health controls.
The Ministry has launched Āwhina - an app which helps health workers stay up to date on the latest COVID-19 information and receive notifications when new content is added or updated. Find out more about Āwhina.
Our advice is under active review and is updated regularly. The latest updates include the following changes to the website:
- Updated: Quarantine and managed isolation numbers
- Updated: Guidance for specialist mental health and addiction services
- Updated: Infection prevention and control procedures for DHB acute care hospitals
- Updated: Alert 2: Risk assessment questions if COVID-19 status is unknown.
- Updated: Frequently asked questions about PPE
- Updated: NZ COVID Tracer app section
- Updated: Use of face masks in the community and Review of science and policy around face masks and COVID-19
- Updated: General cleaning and disinfection advice
- Updated: Social gatherings
- Updated: Guidelines for businesses and services at Alert Level 2
- Updated: Public health guidelines for businesses and services