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What is COVID-19?
COVID-19 is a new illness that can affect your lungs and airways. It’s caused by a virus called coronavirus. There are simple steps you can take to protect you and your family/whānau.

Current Situation in New Zealand
New Zealand has 1,497 (Wednesday 13 May) confirmed and probable cases of COVID-19. For a summary of the current status see the NZ Ministry of Health current cases page. With continued vigilance the chance of widespread community outbreak is expected to remain low.

There are currently restrictions on who can enter New Zealand. Travellers who have arrived in New Zealand within the last 14 days are being asked to self-isolate. See Self-isolation to find out more.

If you have develop a fever, sore throat, cough or shortness of breath, call Healthline on 0800 358 5453.

New Zealand is currently at Alert Level 3 – Restrict

These alert levels specify the public health and social measures to be taken. Nationwide, New Zealand is currently at Level 3 – Restrict.

At Alert Level 3 we need to be even more vigilant. All of us will need to unite against COVID-19 by sticking to the rules.

CLICK HERE for Alert Level 3 information on personal movement, recreation, education, work, business, travel, gatherings, and staying safe and well.

New Zealand will move to Alert Level 2 – Reduce at 11.59pm on Wednesday 13 May 2020.

Cabinet will review Alert Level 2 restrictions on Monday 25 May.

CLICK HERE for more information on Alert Level 2 and what life will look like.


COVID-19 Alert Level System
Alert Levels


COVID-19 Health Advice for the General Public
Symptoms of COVID-19
The symptoms of COVID-19 are:
• a cough
• a high temperature (at least 38°C)
• shortness of breath.
These symptoms do not necessarily mean you have COVID-19. The symptoms are similar to other illnesses that are much more common, such as cold and flu. However, infections with mild symptoms such as cold-like symptoms or no symptoms are likely, but it’s not known how common this is.

How to protect yourself and others
• Cough or sneeze into your elbow or by covering your mouth and nose with tissues.
• Put used tissues in the bin or a bag immediately.
• Wash your hands with soap and water often.
• Try to avoid close contact with people who are unwell.
• Don’t touch your eyes, nose or mouth if your hands are not clean.
• Clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces and objects, such as doorknobs.
• Stay home if you feel unwell and call Healthline on 0800 358 5453.

Call Healthline 24/7 on 0800 358 5453 if you need to speak to someone.
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