max
°
min
°
Location:
COLOR-Waatea logo 2016-final

On Air Now
Radio Waatea

01:00pm - 03:00pm
Ed Sheeran

Ministry of Health: No new cases of COVID-19
Photo: Getty Images.

Share to Email
Share to RSS
Share to Print

More Stories

Media Release: No new cases of COVID-19

Date: 18 May

There are no new cases of COVID-19 to report in New Zealand today.

This means New Zealand’s combined total of confirmed and probable cases remains at 1,499, of which 1,149 are confirmed cases of COVID-19.

We have 1,433 people reported as having recovered from COVID-19, no change from yesterday. This is 96% of all confirmed and probable cases.

Again today there are two people receiving hospital-level care for COVID-19 - one each in Auckland and Middlemore hospitals. Neither of these patients is in ICU.

We still have 16 significant clusters.

There are no additional deaths to report.

The total number of tests completed to date is 230,718.

 

World Health Assembly

Tonight the Director-General of Health will lead the New Zealand delegation at the 2020 World Health Assembly.

This year the Assembly is being held virtually and will focus on COVID-19. The entire meeting will be live-streamed for anyone who wants to view it.

"I’m looking forward to hearing from the WHO Director-General, Dr Tedros, on his thoughts for the future efforts around COVID-19 globally, as well as hearing from other countries on the important themes in their responses both to date and in the future," says Dr Ashley Bloomfield.

The Minister of Health, Hon Dr David Clark will deliver the New Zealand country statement via video.

While fulfilling the responsibility as lead of the delegation Dr Bloomfield is not expecting to have a speaking part given the nature of this virtual meeting. However, if there is something relevant that the Member States need to speak to or vote on, he may offer some remarks.

New Zealand is co-sponsoring a resolution on COVID-19. The purpose of the resolution is to agree, at the high level, future areas of work specific to COVID-19 that the Member States, the WHO and other organisations should deliver in unity, such as fair access to vaccines.

"At a time of global crisis around a public health issue, it is critical that countries come together, and the COVID-19 resolution aims to do exactly that. Such solidarity will ensure we respond collectively to global situations like a pandemic, which it is in every country’s interests to do.

"This will also include a reference to the review of the pandemic. I will note that after every global health emergency it is common practice for there to be a review. This happened after Ebola and the 2009 H1N1 pandemic for example. The findings from these reviews help improve how countries respond both from a domestic and international cooperation perspective. They also help WHO develop new technical guidance and support."

There is general agreement amongst WHO members on the issues outlined in the resolution and it is expected to be adopted unanimously.

Religious and Faith-based gatherings

At today's media conference, Dr Bloomfield also spoke briefly on church and faith-based gatherings.

"There has been fantastic support from churches and faith-based organisations right through Levels 4 and 3 and they have been incredibly supportive because they have been wanting to help protect all New Zealanders.

"I know many people, including those of faith, want to move as quickly as possible to increase the size of these gatherings; I know how important it is for people to be able to practise their faith together.

"The policy intent for gatherings is clear in the Alert Level 2 framework. This includes that the current maximum number of people who can gather is currently ten, and this applies to both private and public gatherings including church and faith-based ones. This number is one of the specific issues being reconsidered by Cabinet next Monday."

 

ENDS

 

Media contact

Name Charlotte Gendall

Phone 021 500 947

Copyright © 2020, UMA Broadcasting Ltd: www.waateanews.com

Waatea Covid Tiwtter Post (1)-585

flu cmdhb apr 2020

LETSLEARN-86
'Te Hononga' Urban Māori Stories
National's passive racism highlighted in Muller reshuffle
Martyn 'Bomber' Bradbury: If you intend to take over a political party, your motivation to do so should be driven by a deep political belief that you have better ideas than the current leadership and that those ideas are filled with so many self-evident truths that your disloyalty is forgiven and a better set of ideas put in place under your leadership and authority.
Dr Rawiri Taonui | COVID Māori Weekly Update 26 May | Level 2 Second Wave
THE NEW ZEALAND SITUATION: The main figures inspire confidence that New Zealand has gained a good degree of control over COVID-19.
What latest Poll means for the Maori Party?
Martyn 'Bomber' Bradbury: TVNZs latest Poll shows the same trend the TV3 Poll did, the National Party is in meltdown as the country thanks Jacinda for saving us from the public health pandemic nightmare we are witnessing in other countries.
0
TMP2
           

Submit

Glossary

 

Subscribe

Enter your email address to receive regular updates from Waatea News.
  • fb

On Air Now
Radio Waatea

01:00pm - 03:00pm