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Three new confirmed cases of Covid-19 - one in Dunedin

Mar 17, 2020

There are three new cases of the Covid-19 coronavirus in New Zealand, Director-General of Health Dr Ashley Bloomfield has confirmed.

Dr Bloomfield is providing the latest update on the Ministry of Health's response to Covid-19 coronavirus outbreak in New Zealand.

Dr Bloomfield said all three new cases are people who had returned from international travel.

Two of the cases are in Wellington and one is in Dunedin.

The man in Dunedin is in his 40s and began to show symptoms five days after returning from Germany. Two of his family members, who have Covid-19 symptoms, are in self isolation.

Dr Bloomfield said the Dunedin man's son goes to Logan Park school in the city and has symptoms. If he tests positive, the Ministry of Health is recommending the school closes.

The Wellington cases were a man in his 30s and his father in his 70s had recently returned from the United States and neither of them required hospital care. They came to New Zealand from Los Angeles on Saturday.

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Earlier this afternoon, the government unveiled a $12.1 billion package to combat the effects of the coronavirus.

It will include a $500 million fund for health, which includes extra intensive care capacity and equipment for hospitals, support for GPs and primary care and improving video conferencing and telehealth consultations.

The funding will also nearly double resources for Public Health Units to increase the ability to contact trace the virus. Healthline will also receive a $20 million boost for more staff.

If you have symptoms of the coronavirus, call the NZ Covid-19 Healthline on 0800 358 5453 (+64 9 358 5453 for international SIMs) Follow our live blog for all the latest coronavirus updates

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