Health Minister Chris Hipkins has slammed the online abuse of people with COVID-19.
Speaking in a press conference today, Hipkins said reports of online bullying directed towards people with the virus were "completely unacceptable".
"They're not only disappointing but also dangerous - so we cannot have people who are feeling unwell not going in for getting a test because they are concerned of the consequences and fearful of a potential backlash," he said.
The Director-General of Health Dr Ashley Bloomfield reinforced this by saying "there is no shame or blame in having either this virus or any other infectious diseases".
"Once again - the COVID-19 virus is the problem here - not the people who have it," he said.
Dr Bloomfield also mentioned the bullying at testing stations across the country as he spoke to the media on Friday.
"We've had reports of healthcare workers who are doing their best to particularly provide testing for people being verbally abused and even attacked," he said.
"This is completely unacceptable - I'm sure you will agree - and please remember that all health workers are doing their best to help not just you, but all New Zealanders."
Dr Bloomfield thanked everyone who has come forward to get tested and those who have responded rapidly to contact tracing.
There are seven new confirmed cases of COVID-19 on Saturday, which totals to 56 active cases in New Zealand.