Community, Health

Covid-19 likely to blame as Marlborough man falls ill

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

One more probable case of Covid-19 has hit Marlborough after a man in his 50s fell ill.

There are four more cases of Covid-19 in both Nelson and Marlborough bringing the region’s combined total to 44, including three older cases that have been added retrospectively.

 

The number of new cases of Covid-19 in New Zealand continues to drop, with 54 new and probable cases announced today, bringing the national total to 1160.

Latest figures revealed by Dr Ashley Bloomfield show that here are 12 people currently in hospital across the country with Covid-19. Four of these people are in intensive care, one in a critical condition.

No patients have been admitted to Wairau Hospital with Covid-19 or associated complications.

Speaking to the media, New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern says the drop shows that the lockdown measures in place during Alert Level 4 appear to be working.

“While I still urge caution, this does suggest that what we are doing as a nation is working.

“There is always a possibility of a set back but we appear at this stage to be on the right track.”

The number of new cases is at its lowest level in two weeks.

Dr Bloomfield says he was “cautiously optimistic” tat the number of new and probable cases were levelling out.

“We will expect the number of cases to stay level before they start to decline.”

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