Mar 17, 2020

Updated 25/5/2020  PLEASE READ FULL TEXT

New Zealand currently has 1,504 total cases (confirmed and probable) of COVID-19. There are 1,154 confirmed cases (the confirmed cases number is the one reported to the World Health Organisation as per their guidelines and this is what other countries have been reporting as their case numbers). There have tragically been 21 deaths from the virus. Approximately 97% of total cases (1,456) have recovered from the virus. 

As of Thursday 14th May we are in Level  2 and remain in this level for at least the next month. The restriction on gathering numbers has now been changed from 10 to 100 as from noon on 29th May. This means that branch events are able to go ahead on a face-to-face basis again as from this date: please check with your branch regarding any future events. Some branches will still be going ahead with holding their AGMs remotely so please check the details with your branch if you are planning to attend an AGM. 

The government website has more information about what Level 2 means. There are also “business toolkit” resources available as well as details on contact tracing and the contact tracing app.  Please see the Work and Income NZ website with details of the financial subsidy package announced by the government if you need help. 

We advise members to regularly check the latest updates on the Ministry of Health website which has comprehensive information about COVID-19 and details of the simple precautions you can take to protect yourself and others, as well as the New Zealand Government’s website on all things COVID-19. We advise members to use reputable sources such as these to obtain information rather than relying on other less accurate and alarmist sources. There has also been an increase in cyber attacks; please exercise caution when dealing with emails or texts from unknown sources and ensure you are up to date with anti-virus protection. 

It’s really important for mental well-being to stay connected to people.  There are lots of ways to reach out to people by phone, social media, or online contact. Talking to people and checking on others keeps us all connected and that is more important than ever. See this link for looking after your mental health and well-being.

If you have any concerns the Ministry of Health suggests that you contact Healthline at 0800 611 116 or your GP for medical advice. Healthline has translators and interpreters available 24/7 in 150 languages, including Mandarin and Cantonese speaking staff.

Thank you for helping to keep our communities safe in this unprecedented time.

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