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COVID-19: Where to find information


From 11.59pm on Wednesday 25th March New Zealand will move to Alert Level 4. The following post is to help you find the information you need from trusted sources.

Up-to-date information on COVID-19

The best way to find up-to-date help and advice about the COVID-19 situation in New Zealand is to visit the dedicated government website: covid19.govt.nz

This website includes a wealth of information pertinent to COVID-19 and what it means for you, including information on Alert Level 4, press conferences, essential services, and financial assistance.

Symptoms of COVID-19

The following extract has been taken from the Ministry of Health website:


The symptoms of COVID-19 are:

– a cough

– a high temperature (at least 38°C)

– shortness of breath.

These symptoms do not necessarily mean you have COVID-19. The symptoms are similar to other illnesses that are much more common, such as cold and flu.

Shortness of breath is a sign of possible pneumonia and requires immediate medical attention.

We don’t yet know how long symptoms take to show after a person has been infected, but current World Health Organization assessments suggest that it is 2–10 days.

If you have these symptoms and have recently been overseas, or have been in close contact with someone confirmed with COVID-19, please telephone Healthline (for free) on 0800 358 5453 or your doctor immediately.

The Ministry of Health website also offers further information on how to protect yourself and others, what to do if you may have been exposed to COVID-19, and other sources of information that will answer COVID-19 related questions.

COVID-19 Healthline: 0800 358 5453

To be absolutely clear we are now asking all New Zealanders who are outside essential services to stay at home, and to stop all interactions with others outside of those in your household.

…if you hang out with that friend at a park or see that family member for lunch, you risk spreading COVID -19 and extending everyone’s time in Level 4.

Jacinda Ardern

Stay home – stay safe – save lives.
~ kia kaha New Zealand ~


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