The number of people who have recovered from COVID-19 remained unchanged at 1,481, with only one case remaining active, it said.
“New Zealanders can be assured that our testing capacity remains high and that testing at the border and in our communities will continue to be an essential part of our COVID-19 elimination strategy,” the statement said.
Regarding the gatherings at COVID-19 Alert Level 2, Director-General of Health Ashley Bloomfield said in the statement, “We’re aware of several large gatherings in New Zealand yesterday to recognize the tragic death of
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who attended these gatherings or who is planning to be at other upcoming events and feels they may be at risk by coming into close contact with people they don’t know, should take a cautious approach and seek advice,” Bloomfield said.
“Whatever the Alert Level in New Zealand, it’s clear COVID-19 will continue to be a global threat for some time and it’s important we remain vigilant both as individuals and as a country,” he said, reminding people to observe physical distancing, seek appropriate health advice, and stay at home if feeling unwell.
“There’s currently no evidence of community transmission in New Zealand so at this time, quarantine for 14 days after attending one of these outdoor events is not required,” he added.
The current Alert Level 2 rules require gatherings of no more than 100 people where the people need to be physically distanced.