Coronavirus: Cases still rising in Canterbury

Three new cases of Covid-19 have been reported in Canterbury over the past 24 hours, bringing the region’s total to 49.

Director-General of Health Dr Ashley Bloomfield said on Monday the new nationwide confirmed or probable cases total is 589, with 76 new cases over the last 24 hours.

Canterbury still has fewer cases than the Auckland, Southern, Waitemata, Waikato, and Capital and Coast DHB areas.

The Ministry of Health is also investigating how a cluster of cases of Covid-19 linked to a workplace in Christchurch are related.

Sixteen new cases of Covid-19 were announced in Canterbury over the weekend – six on Sunday and 10 on Saturday.

And on Sunday, New Zealand saw its first death due to the virus - a West Coast woman in her 70s.

During a live update at 1pm, Dr Bloomfield said New Zealand has two people in intensive care and three people are expected to be discharged soon.

One person is in Dunedin Hospital, with the rest in hospitals around New Zealand, including four in Wellington Hospital.

One probable case previously reported is now considered a confirmed case.

He said only 2 per cent - or 10 - of NZ's 455 cases fully tracked by the MOH are considered to have been spread by community transmission.

The majority of the other cases are travel-related.

Dr Bloomfield said people over 65, frontline health workers, pregnant women and those with respiratory conditions have priority for flu vaccinations. He asked others to be patient while they wait for vaccinations.

"You should not be seeking a vaccination or expecting to be called until at least mid-April."w

He said 18,000 vaccinations have been distributed and there is a good supply of the vaccine in NZ.

Dr Bloomfield urged people to sign up to report flu symptoms.

Total cases by DHB

As at 9.00 am, 30 March 2020

Total cases of COVID-19 by DHB, at 30 March

Map of cases by DHB

Total cases by DHB, as at 9.00 am, 30 March 2020
DHBTotal cases
Bay of Plenty11
Capital and Coast57
Counties Manukau40
Hawke's Bay12
Hutt Valley13
Nelson Marlborough20
South Canterbury7
West Coast3


Total cases by age and gender

Total cases of COVID-19 in NZ by ageTotal cases by age as at 9.00 am, 30 March 2020


Total cases of COVID-19 by sex at 30 MarchTotal cases by gender as at 9.00 am, 30 March 2020

Total cases by ethnicity

EthnicityNo. of cases
European or Other430
Middle Eastern / Latin American / African17
Pacific People14

Ethnicity percentages of COVID-19 cases by sex at 29 March

Ethnicity numbers of all cases as at 9.00 am, 30 March 2020

Local trusted journalism matters - now more than ever

As the Covid-19 pandemic brings the world into uncharted waters, Star Media journalists and photographers continue to report local stories that matter everyday - yours.

For more than 152 years our journalists have provided Cantabrians with local news that can be trusted. It’s more important now than ever to keep Cantabrians connected.

As our advertising has fallen during the pandemic, support from you our reader is crucial.

You can help us continue to provide local news you can trust simply by becoming a supporter.

Become a Supporter