COVID-19 (novel coronavirus)

This section provides the latest updates, information and advice on COVID-19.

Current situation

Wellington region testing & advice
As result of weak positive test results for COVID-19 in Wellington wastewater, to help rule out undetected COVID-19 infection, the Ministry is encouraging anyone with symptoms to get advice on testing promptly. This advice also applies to residents and recent visitors to the Wellington region. Anyone who develops symptoms consistent with COVID-19 should call Healthline (0800 358 5453) or your doctor, or visit a testing station to get a test.

Find out about testing sites in the Wellington region open today at the Health Point website.

Melbourne community case
See our latest media release and Quarantine-free travel: Contact tracing locations of interest. See also the Section 70 order.

Quarantine-free travel with the Cook Islands and Australia
Separate quarantine-free travel arrangements are now in place with the Cook Islands and Australia. See the Advice for travellers page for more information.

Case numbers
As at 18 May 2021 there are 19 active cases of COVID-19 in New Zealand. See our Current cases page and the latest News and media updates.

All of New Zealand is at Alert Level 1

  • You are legally required to wear a face mask or covering on all public transport and flights throughout New Zealand.
  • For more information about Alert Levels, see the Unite Against COVID-19 website.

Anyone who has cold or flu symptoms, including muscle aches and fatigue, should get a test and stay home until you have a negative test result. Find your local testing facility on the Healthpoint website.

For COVID-19 health advice and information, contact the Healthline team (for free) on 0800 358 5453 or +64 9 358 5453 for international SIMS.

COVID-19 vaccines

We've secured enough vaccines for everyone in New Zealand. Find out about our rollout plan and when you'll get a vaccine.

NZ COVID Tracer app

The official Ministry of Health contact tracing app helps you keep a digital diary of the places you’ve been.

Find out more



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