Coronavirus: No new COVID-19 cases in New Zealand for 11th day in a row

There are no new cases nor deaths from coronavirus in New Zealand for the 11th day in a row, the Ministry of Health has revealed.

An update on the government agency's COVID-19 webpage revealed the news on Tuesday afternoon.

The lack of new infections means the total number of cases in New Zealand remains at 1504 - 1154 of which are confirmed, and 250 probable.

There is still just one active case of coronavirus left in the country.

"There is no one in New Zealand receiving hospital-level care for COVID-19," Director-General of Health Dr Ashley Bloomfield said in a statement sent to media.

"Yesterday our laboratories completed 654 tests, bringing the total number of tests completed to date to 282,263."

"Lower testing volumes are regularly observed over holiday weekends, and we recognise that this alert level 2 Queen's Birthday, people will have taken the advantage of the renewed ability to travel and enjoy a break within New Zealand."

George Floyd protesters should 'take cautious approach'

Following a large-scale Black Lives Matter protest in Auckland on Monday, the Ministry of Health says those who attended should seek advice.

The march, organised in the wake of the death of unarmed African-American man George Floyd at the hands of a white police officer, drew thousands of attendees.

"We're aware of several large gatherings in New Zealand yesterday to recognise the tragic death of George Floyd in the USA," says Dr Bloomfield.

Thousands attended a Black Lives Matter march in Auckland on Monday.
Thousands attended a Black Lives Matter march in Auckland on Monday. Photo credit: Newshub.

"Anyone 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. 

"People can get that advice from Healthline, from their GP or after-hours clinic."

After the protest, leading New Zealand coronavirus expert Dr Siouxsie Wiles urged Kiwis who attended the protest to quarantine for 14 days as a precaution.

However Dr Bloomfield says there's no need.

"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."

But he says it's still important that Kiwis remain "alert to symptoms and seek advice if they're at all concerned".

"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," Dr Bloomfield said.

"This means continuing to observe physical distancing to keep yourself and others safe, seeking appropriate heath advice, and most importantly staying at home if you're unwell."