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Update – 14.04.202 #2

Daily COVID-19 update from the New Zealand Government

14 April 2020

Stay at home. Break the Chain. Save Lives.

Latest news

1.    The total number of cases is 1366, with 17 new or probable cases confirmed within the last 24 hours. 628 people have recovered. For the latest numbers visit the Ministry of Health website.
2.    Director-General of Health Dr Ashley Bloomfield has announced four additional deaths linked to COVID-19. This brings the total number of deaths to nine. Our thoughts are with the friends, family and whānau of those that have died.
3.    Three of the deaths were linked to Christchurch’s Rosewood Rest Home & Hospital. The three men in their 80s and 90s had been transferred to Burwood Hospital. They all had underlying health conditions. A Wellington man in his 70s has also died. He was in intensive care at Wellington Regional Hospital since March 22.
4.    The Ministry of Health has commissioned a review into aged care facilities where there have been cases of COVID-19. They will also be looking at similar facilities where there have not been any cases. The learnings from the review will inform what the facilities are doing and how they can be supported.
5.    The Treasury has released a range of scenarios for the economy, based on assumptions of different amounts of time under the Alert Levels. Read more on the Beehive website.
6.    A student support package has been announced by the Prime Minister. The package will assist students to continue their studies. Find out more on the Beehive website.
7.    Term Two begins tomorrow. All schools, early childhood education (ECE) centres and tertiary institutions will stay physically closed. They will work with students and whānau to provide distance learning as much as possible in the circumstances. The Ministry of Education has more information.

 

Web updates

Today, we’ve updated these pages on the covid19.govt.nz website:

Weddings and civil unions – new content
If you arrived before 10 April – onward travel after 14 days – new content

 

Answers to common questions

Q. What is the role of parents in education during the lockdown?

A. No-one expects parents to become their children’s full-time teacher. Parents, whānau and caregivers are role models who can help children and young people with activities at home, establishing a routine, staying connected to whānau and friends and, where possible, continue their learning.

Q. What is being done to help schools and whānau with distance learning

A. More than half of schools say they are set up for distance learning online. The Ministry of Education and schools are doing what they can to provide new connections and resources for those who are not so well prepared for online distance learning. These include:

·       connecting homes to the internet

·       providing devices for learning

·       online materials for teachers and parents to access

·       hard-packs of learning materials

·       broadcasting lessons on TV

·       providing additional professional learning and development to schools and kura whose staff want extra help to deliver distance learning.

Further information can be found on the Ministry of Education website.

Q. I’m travelling home to New Zealand. Can I be exempted from managed isolation?

A. A small number of people will be eligible for exemption from managed isolation, such as medical transfers and those with serious medical conditions that cannot be managed in the accommodation provided.

You must apply for an exemption before booking your travel. If you do not hold an exemption before you fly, you will be placed in managed isolation.

More information about limited exemptions from managed isolation.

For more FAQs, visit our website.

 

Resources

·       Call Healthline if you suspect you have COVID-19 symptoms: 0800 358 5453

·       For any other COVID-19 related queries, contact the government helpline:0800 779 997

·       Need to talk? Call or text 1737 

·       Visit allright.org.nz for practical mental health and wellbeing advice

·       Essential business enquiries essential@mbie.govt.nz or 0800 22 66 57

·       Report breaches of self-isolation 105.police.govt.nz

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