COVID-19 (novel coronavirus)

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

Current situation

New Zealand has 1,160 confirmed and probable cases of COVID-19. For a summary of the current status see our latest media release (7 April). More information is available on our current cases page. With continued vigilance the chance of widespread community outbreak is expected to remain low.

New Zealand is currently at Alert Level 4 – Eliminate

These alert levels specify the public health and social measures to be taken. Nationwide, New Zealand is currently at Level 4 – Eliminate. This means that it is likely that the disease is not contained. See more information about Alert levels.

Find out how to look after your mental health and wellbeing during Alert Level 4.

Contact tracing phone calls

If you have been identified as a close contact of someone with COVID-19, you can expect to be contacted by the Ministry of Health and Healthline. 

It is important to answer your phone, so the Ministry and Healthline can get in touch with you during this time. You can find out more about the process and how to recognise a call from the Ministry or Healthline on the Contact tracing page.

Health and care workers – expressions of interest for COVID-19 response

We are seeking expressions of interest from health and care professionals who are able and willing to work for a limited amount of time as part of the national strategic approach to managing COVID-19. Find out more

Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)

What's important for you to know about PPE for essential workers.

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.

Latest updates

Our advice is under active review and is updated regularly. The latest updates include the following changes to the website:

7 April:

6 April:

5 April:

4 April:

3 April:

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