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To date, New Zealand has had a single case of COVID-19. However, New Zealand does not have COVID-19 circulating in our communities.

We knew the likelihood of an imported case in New Zealand was high, however, the likelihood of a widespread outbreak is low-moderate.

It is critically important that we all work together to protect New Zealanders from COVID-19 and play our part in the global effort to contain it. We all need to follow our public health messaging, such as hand hygiene and cough etiquette, and we’re closely managing any cases and contacts.

We have border controls in place for travellers coming into New Zealand from mainland China or Iran, and we’re grateful that people are following MoH requests to self-isolate.

If you have arrived today or transited through mainland China or Iran, or have been in close contact with someone confirmed with COVID-19, in the last 14 days:

  • Self-isolate for 14 days from the date of departure or close contact

  • Please register your details with Healthline if you have not already (call 0800 358 5453 or +64 9 358 5453 for international SIM).

MoH are also asking people who have visited Hong Kong, Italy, Japan, Republic of Korea, Singapore and Thailand and who have developed symptoms of fever, cough or shortness of breath to seek medical advice by first phoning Healthline’s dedicated COVID-19 number 0800 358 5453 or contact your GP, including phoning ahead of your visit.

We are closely monitoring this rapidly evolving situation and following guidance from the World Health Organization. We will advise you if any further public health measures are needed.

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.

For up to date information visit the Ministry of Health website here and like their Facebook page here.

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