Coronavirus: New Zealand has had one more death linked to coronavirus

Publish Date
Sunday, 19 April 2020, 1:05PM

Sadly, New Zealand has one more coronavirus-related death.

The death is of a man in Invercargill at home who was linked to the Bluff wedding cluster. It is believed to be the first coronavirus-related death not in hospital.

The man, in his 70s died in his Kingswell home on Tuesday evening. The Buff wedding cluster has been connected to more than 90 cases, including the death of the groom's father.

This brings the death toll to 12, including seven from the Rosewood cluster.

Today New Zealand has 9 new cases of COVID-19 - bringing the total number of cases in New Zealand to 1,431, says Director-General of Health Ashley Bloomfield.

There are 4 new confirmed cases and 5 probable cases today.

There are 18 people in hospital, including three in ICU. Two of these patients are in critical condition.

The number of people who have recovered from COVID-19 us up to 912 - up 45 on yesterday's number.

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The number of new cases has been on a declining trend for the last two weeks despite an increase in the number of tests.

For the eleventh day in a row, more people have recovered from coronavirus than having tested positive.

On Tuesday, New Zealand had its deadliest day with four people dying from the virus.

Three were from the Rosewood rest home cluster and a man in his 70s died in Wellington.