Community, Health

Covid-19 cases in Nelson Marlborough rise by three

A Covid-19 sign at Wairau Hospital. Photo: Matt Brown.

There are 35 cases of Covid-19 across Nelson Marlborough – with three more cases in Nelson.

The number of Covid-19 cases in Marlborough remains at 13 today.

One patient remains in Nelson Hospital, but no further patients have been admitted to Wairau Hospital. As of this morning, there were 1039 cases, including 89 probable across New Zealand.

A woman in her 70s, a man in his 30s and a woman in her 30s have been confirmed with the virus in Nelson.

The latest statistics come as Director General of Health, Dr Ashley Bloomfield revealed extra guidance on health rules amid Alert Level 4.

Dr Bloomfield says the guidance also provides additional clarity around bubbles.

“Specifically, if you live alone and have already established a bubble with another household this can be maintained so long as both households have no contact with others – that they stay in their joint bubble,” he says.

“No one is immune to the virus.”

Police Commissioner Andrew Coster says police want to ensure people understand the importance of staying home.

“The vast majority of New Zealanders have a high level of awareness of what they can and can’t do under the Alert Level 4 restrictions, and by and large people are doing a tremendous job.

“We want people to stay safe, but if a small number of people persist in deliberately flouting the restrictions, police will have the discretion to warn or, if necessary, to arrest,” he says.

Younger people aged between 20-29 years old are catching the virus, Dr Bloomfield warns.

While they may be less likely to die, they can pass it on.

“We are seeing high rates of people aged 20-29 with the virus. These people may not die of it, but if they are not following the rules, they can pass it on to others.

“By clarifying the rules, we are also reinforcing the ability of Police to enforce them.

“No one likes a rule breaker, especially when breaking the rules puts other New Zealanders’ lives at risk.

“We’ve started well but now is not the time to be complacent.,” he says.

The Notice sets out:

• Everyone in New Zealand is to be isolated or quarantined at their current place of residence except as permitted for essential personal movement.

• Exercise is to be done in an outdoor place that can be readily accessed from home and two-metre physical distancing must be maintained.

• Recreation and exercise does not involve swimming, water-based activities (for example, surfing or boating), hunting, tramping, or other activities of a kind that expose participants to danger or may require search and rescue services.

• A child can leave the residence of one joint care-giver to visit or stay at the residence of another joint care-giver (and visit or stay at that residence) if there is a shared bubble arrangement.

• A person can leave their residence to visit or stay at another residence (and visit or stay at that residence) under a shared bubble arrangement if:

o One person lives alone in one, or both, of those residences; or

o Everyone in one of those residences is a vulnerable person.

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