No new cases of COVID-19 20 May

Today there are no new cases of COVID-19 in New Zealand.

That means New Zealand’s total number of confirmed cases remains at 1,153.

Our combined total of confirmed and probable cases remains at 1,503.

We have 1,447 people who have recovered from COVID-19, an increase of five on yesterday. That is 96% of all confirmed and probable cases.

There are no additional deaths to report.

There is one person with COVID-19 receiving hospital-level care – they are in Middlemore hospital and they are not in the ICU.

Yesterday our laboratories completed 4,882 tests. The total number of tests completed to date is 238,725.

Contact tracing app

The Ministry of Health has formally launched its contact tracing app early this morning.

It is called NZ COVID Tracer and its available on both Google and Apple online stores.

It is like a digital diary that you can use by scanning QR codes at locations you visit to support contact tracing in New Zealand.

Director-General of Health Dr Ashley Bloomfield encouraged Kiwis to download the app.

‘Our key public health controls are to identify, trace, test and isolate any COVID-19 cases. The faster we can do these steps the less likely we are to get spread.’

Dr Bloomfield said he understood that people may be concerned about sharing information about where they have been.

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