Chamber of Commerce chairman one of NZs new coronavirus cases

Southland's Chamber of Commerce chairman has identified himself as one of the lastest eight cases of Covid-19. 

Neil McAra had been on a business trip to the Gold Coast and Sydney and after returning home on March 10, he fell sick.

In a statement, he says his symptoms were not consistent with the New Zealand health authority's guidance but he insisted on being tested and went into self-isolation as a precaution.

On Thursday the results were released showing he is a confirmed case of coronavirus.

McAra says he has been lucky to only experience mild symptoms.

"I'm looking after myself. I'm feeling 85 per cent and looking forward to a full recovery." 

He says he is really appreciative of all the messages and support he has received.

"Everyone has been really supportive and wants to make sure I'm ok and I'm looking after myself."

McAra is one of the 28 cases of coronavirus confirmed so far and Auckland is currently the epicentre where 12 people have tested positive.

The new cases today include two in Auckland, two in Taranaki, two in Southland and one each in Rotorua and Northland. 

All of them have arrived in New Zealand recently from overseas hotspots including Europe, America and Canada.