Today’s information update on Covid-19:
ANZAC weekend is Alert Level 4
Media release from Ruapehu District Council:
COVID19. 14 – 14 ANZAC weekend, Still at L4, 24-04-20
Ruapehu EOC Situation Report
Read the latest situation updates from the Ruapehu Emergency Operations Centre at
Significant boost in Whanganui testing rates
Media advisory from the Whanganui Emergency Operations Centre:
Media advisory April 23 – Swab
Marton pop-up testing centre popular
A pop-up testing centre at Te Poho o Tuariki in Marton drew large numbers today, with cars lined up all the way down the road with whānau waiting to be tested.
More regional council services will be brought back online from 28 April 2020
Media release from Horizons:
More Horizons Regional Council services brought online for Alert Level 3
The latest updates from the Finance Minister and Director of Public Health – Day 30 of Alert Level 4:
In her briefing today Dr Caroline McElnay sadly reported the death of a man in his sixties, a resident at Rosewood Rest Home in Christchurch. Our heartfelt sympathies and thoughts are with his family, friends and loved ones.
• Today there are 2 new confirmed cases and 3 new probable cases of COVID-19. The total combined number of cases in New Zealand is 1,456. 1095 cases have recovered – this is an increase of 30 from yesterday.
• A record number of 6,961 tests were processed yesterday. This brings the total number of tests to 108,277.
• 8 people are currently in hospital. 1 person is in ICU in Middlemore Hospital.
• There are still 16 significant clusters.
• The Finance Minister reiterated that a strong public health response is the best way to help the economy – that’s why we went hard and went early.
• We have seen 30,000 more people on Jobseeker Support from Work and Income, but we need to remember that this is less than 1 percent of the population.
• The wage subsidy scheme is continuing to support over 1.6 million New Zealanders.
• The vast majority of business owners who accessed the wage subsidy scheme have been using this to support their employees.
• The Government will be ensuring this money has been used as intended, and businesses will have to repay this if they have provided false information. An audit process will be overseen by the Ministry of Social Development’s fraud team.
• Next week we will see more businesses beginning to open up, with 400,00 more people returning to work.
For more information visit: www.covid19.govt.nz