New Zealand's first death confirmed, woman aged in her seventies

coronavirus 29/03/2020

In a COVID-19 update today, it has been confirmed that New Zealand has now had it's first death from the virus.

The death was a woman aged in her seventies from Greymouth.

She was initially suspected to be suffering influenza. Twenty-one staff members were potentially exposed before she tested positive for COVID-19 and extra precautions were taken. None are yet showing symptoms.

Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern addressing the nation today reminded everyone that today's death is a reminder that we have a fight on our hands and it's important to everyone to stick to the alert level 4 rules to ensure we save lives.

Today's death is a reminder of the fight that we have on our hands, break the chain and save lives.

There are 63 new cases in New Zealand today making the total of confirmed cases come to 514. 56 previous patients have recovered, and 9 remain in hospital.