As we watch the numbers of cases in China of the novel coronavirus increase exponentially every day, there is growing angst among communities. This update briefs us about what measures are being taken and what is happening currently throughout New Zealand with regards to the virus.
There have been 24,550 confirmed cases of Novel coronavirus globally, 490 deaths within mainland China, one death in the Philippines and one in Hong Kong.
The number of confirmed cases continues to rise with increased confirmation of human to human transmissions in several countries.
Enhanced border measures continue in New Zealand at this time and the Border Working Group are evaluating the current status of the coronavirus outbreak and getting feedback from the Ministries engaged in executing these measures.
While there have been some delays due to the manual entry evaluation being performed at the border, overall travellers are being processed as efficiently as possible.
The enhanced border measures will be evaluated every 48 hours through the Border Working Group, reviewing the status of the outbreak and providing advice to the Government.
The measures currently in place are:
Nearly 200 people including children have been transported from Wuhan to Auckland.
From those transported, 98 are New Zealand citizens or permanent residents, 23 were Australian citizens and the remaining 69 were predominantly from Pacific countries.
The Australian citizens were transferred to a flight to Australia upon arrive in Auckland. The remaining passengers were transported to Whangaparaoa Reception Centre to begin their 14 days of isolation.
There has been Ministries-wide cooperation in the preparation to receive the passengers, providing the best care and response to the needs of the passengers while they are in isolation.Family, friends and support groups will be able to drop off letters, packages and other forms of support at the local police station in Orewa.
Samoa continues to maintain a firm approach to protecting its borders and is discouraging all non-essential overseas travel by public servants, in particular to China. Samoa continues maintain strict travel restrictions to all inbound travellers to the nation with the following restrictions:
The Cook Islands has issued a travel advisory stating, “Persons intending to travel to the Cook Islands who have been in China within the last 14 days prior to travel will be denied entry into the Cook Islands. In addition, all Cook Islanders and residents of the Cook Islands should avoid non-essential travel to China.”
Health Advice provided by the Ministry of Health
The Ministry of Health continues to impress that all persons should follow the guidelines:
For more information please visit the Ministry of Health’s website including daily updates on the status of the outbreak and the Government’s response.
We will deliver information as quickly as possible if we do have a confirmed case.
The Ministry of Health has also launched a Facebook page to initially help circulate more information about coronavirus.