Coronavirus: Almost 9000 Kiwis registered for self-isolation

Almost 9000 New Zealanders or New Zealand households have been registered for self-isolation by Healthline amid the novel coronavirus COVID-19 outbreak.

There are currently 2334 people or households registered for self-isolation, a 14-day quarantine period in which people suspected of having the virus remain at home to prevent spreading.

An additional 5929 have completed the two-week self-isolation period.

Currently 47 cases are under investigation. Negative test results have been found for 281 people.

"Healthline continues to manage a large number of calls on COVID-19," the Ministry of Health said in a statement on Tuesday.

"It has now registered a total of 8963 people or households for self-isolation since the process began."

Tuesday marks the third consecutive day of no additional confirmed or probable cases of COVID-19 in New Zealand. The confirmed case toll currently stands at five - two couples and a citizen in their 60s.

The fifth case was announced on Saturday.

In the statement, the ministry said one patient remains in Auckland Hospital and continues to improve. None of the other confirmed cases require hospital level care.

A probable case was cared for at North Shore Hospital. The woman, who was a passenger on the Grand Princess cruise, is now being looked after by her GP at home.

North Shore Hospital staff asked to go into precautionary self-isolation due to the woman's hospitalisation will return to work on Wednesday.

"Other staff will progressively return. If they remain well, all staff will be back at work by Monday, March 16. There has been no impact on clinical care from these stand downs, and North Shore Hospital continues to provide all services as usual," the statement said.

A second probable case was tested for COVID-19 after potential exposure on the Grand Princess cruise ship, but their test came back as negative. They remain in self-isolation as a precaution.

"Now is the time to be even more vigilant. Everyone can help by ensuring good health etiquette – washing hands for twenty seconds, sneezing into your arm and not touching your face," Director-General of Health Dr Ashley Bloomfield said.

"Fundamental to this is not putting yourself or others at risk if you are unwell - not going to work or being out in public if you are sick. All of us have a role to play in stopping further spread."

People who suspect they may have been exposed to COVID-19 or are displaying symptoms such as a dry cough, fever and breathing difficulties are asked to ring their GP or Healthine on 0800 358 5453. Do not go to a clinic or healthcare provider as it puts others at risk.