April 19, 2020
Drop in new cases sparking lockdown hopes
New Zealanders should know by this afternoon if they can move out of the Level Four COVID-19 lockdown into the slightly less restrictive Level 3.
Cabinet will today weigh up whether the reduction in new cases seen over the past couple of weeks is clear enough evidence the infection has been contained without any large-scale community outbreak.
Community transmission is blamed for just 4 per cent of cases so far.
Recent overseas travel was the cause of 39 per cent of cases, and 54 per cent were linked to contact with a known case.
Yesterday there were just nine new cases, including four confirmed and five probable cases.
They were all linked to confirmed cases.
The new combined total of confirmed and probable cases in New Zealand is 1431, and there are now 912 reported cases of COVID-19 who have recovered.
There was also one further death reported, with the death of a man in his 70s at home in Invercargill on Tuesday evening is now confirmed as related to COVID-19.
That brings the death toll to 12.
Deputy Prime Minister and New Zealand First leader Winston Peters will be pushing for the economy to be restarted before there is further economic damage.
He told Newstalk ZB Level 3 means half a million people can go back to work.
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