New Zealand is now at Alert Level 4. This means New Zealanders not working in essential services must stay at home and stop all interactions with others outside of their households. Read more about the alert levels and what they mean here.
If you have health-related concerns about novel coronavirus (COVID-19), contact your GP or free phone the dedicated Healthline number: 0800 358 5453. This 24/7 line is staffed by nurses, paramedics and health advisors. Interpreters are available. Information and advice is also available from the Ministry of Health’s COVID-19 websites: covid19.govt.nz and health.govt.nz/coronavirus. Ring ahead before visiting a medical clinic or emergency department – don’t just turn up.
The virus can cause acute respiratory infection ranging from mild to severe. Most of the infected people have had mild to moderate illness.
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Symptoms of 2019 novel coronavirus (COVID-19) are similar to a range of other respiratory illnesses such as influenza and do not necessarily mean that you have novel coronavirus (COVID-19). Difficulty breathing is a sign of possible pneumonia and requires immediate medical attention.
It is important to adhere to the national alert level that currently applies in New Zealand.
New Zealand is now at Alert Level 4. This took effect at 11.59pm on Wednesday 25 March and means New Zealanders not working in essential services must stay at home and stop all interactions with others outside of their households.
Read more about the alert levels, what they mean and what actions you need to take here.
Last updated 26.3.2020