Australia Ministry of Health confirms 78 new cases of COVID-19 in New Zealand

02:35  26 march  2020
02:35  26 march  2020 Source:   msn.com

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During a press conference on Thursday, Director-General of Health Dr Ashley Bloomfield confirmed the 78 new cases included five new probable cases, bringing the total to 283. 

Seven people are hospitalised and 27 have recovered from the novel coronavirus.

In an effort to limit people's exposure to the respiratory disease, New Zealand went into lockdown on Wednesday night, meaning people cannot leave their houses unless it is absolutely necessary. All non-essential businesses have been closed, domestic travel has been limited and schools have been shut.

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Police have increased their presence in the community during the lockdown period and on Thursday morning, Police Commissioner Mike Bush told The AM Show that officers found people still driving around overnight, claiming to have no knowledge of the new rules announced on Monday. He said police would arrest and detain people if they repeatedly broke the lockdown protocols.

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Prior to Thursday's new numbers, New Zealand case total stood at 205, including 16 probable cases. Twenty-two people have recovered from the illness. The cases are spread nationwide, although the majority are in Auckland.

Up until Monday, New Zealand had no confirmed cases of community transmission, with all patients having links to known cases. They may have directly travelled overseas, had family who had been overseas, be linked to a cluster or have contracted the illness within the family. However, there are now at least four cases of community transmission in the country.

What we know about coronavirus

The World Health Organization (WHO) was first notified of cases of the virus SARS-CoV-2 (Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome Coronavirus 2) in Wuhan, China on December 31. It was identified as a coronavirus on January 7 and can spread via human-to-human transmission. It causes the coronavirus COVID-19 illness.

The virus is primarily spread through droplets in the air after someone sneezes or coughs, however, it can also be contracted by touching surfaces where the illness is present. The length of time the virus stays alive on surfaces isn't fully understood, but some viruses can remain active for days. 

"Common signs of infection include respiratory symptoms, fever, cough, shortness of breath and breathing difficulties. In more severe cases, infection can cause pneumonia, severe acute respiratory syndrome, kidney failure and even death," the WHO says.

"Standard recommendations to prevent infection spread include regular hand washing, covering mouth and nose when coughing and sneezing, thoroughly cooking meat and eggs. Avoid close contact with anyone showing symptoms of respiratory illness such as coughing and sneezing."

There is currently no vaccine for the sickness.

How can I protect myself? 

  • avoid touching the mouth, nose and eyes with unwashed hands
  • wash your hands before eating
  • carry a hand sanitiser at all times
  • be mindful of touching your face after using public transport or going to the airport
  • carry tissues at all times to cover the mouth and nose when coughing or sneezing (then dispose of it)
  • do not eat shared or communal food
  • avoid shaking hands, kissing cheeks
  • regularly clean and sanitise commonly used surfaces and items, such as phones and keys
  • avoid close contact with people suffering from or showing symptoms of acute respiratory infection
  • seek medical attention if you feel unwell.
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