Community, Health

Young girl catches Covid-19

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

A young girl is among three patients in Marlborough to be infected with Covid-19.

A female and male in their 70s and a girl, aged between 10 and 19 years old, are the latest cases deemed by health bosses as probable.

There are 40 cases of Covid-19 across Nelson Marlborough District Health Board as the total number of cases in New Zealand rose by 67 to 1106.

Latest figures show the total number of people who have recovered in the Nelson Marlborough region is eleven.

Three more people in Nelson have also been diagnosed with the virus.

Director-General of Health Dr Ashley Bloomfield says he is hopeful that the number of new cases in the last few days has remained fairly level across the country.

He added that the amount of testing being done across the country is very high.

He says he was confident that numbers have started to level off, which was encouraging considering increased testing.

“We can be very encouraged, however I daresay that what we really looking for is a drop in that rate of increase and the only way we will get that is if we go just as hard over the two weeks.

“Our aim is to stamp it out.”

On Sunday, 3709 tests were completed, the highest number in one day to date.

Most cases are still being linked to overseas travel, with just two percent being classed as community transmission.

Dr Bloomfield says people in communities across the country who need help with other healthcare problems shouldn’t delay seeking help.

“ … some reports that people who require health and medical care who may be delaying seeking treatment.

“Do not delay seeking treatment. If you feel you need help from your GP call first.

Many GPs are now able to provide a consultation online or by phone or by video and if you do have to go out for a visit, they all have very good processes in place.

“Please do not stop seeking help.”

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