A fifth person has died from Covid-19 in New Zealand, as the number of new cases remains steady, with 19 new cases.

Director-General of Health Dr Ashley Bloomfield said the fifth victim of Covid-19 to die from the coronavirus was a man is his 80s, who was being cared for at Burwood Hospital after being transferred from Rosewood Resthome in Christchurch.

“We know that because of the underlying vulnerabilities of this group we need to be prepared for further illness and possible death.”

There are now 33 Covid-19 cases involved with the Rosewood cluster.

“Thirteen of the 33 were residents and 18 are staff.”

He said there were now 15 clusters around the country. The two new clusters are in Auckland and Christchurch.

The 19 new cases included 15 confirmed cases and four probable. Yesterday, Dr Bloomfield announced New Zealand had another 18 cases of Covid-19, the lowest daily number in three weeks.

Dr Bloomfield said 546 people have recovered, up 75 on yesterday, and there have now been a total of 1349 cases of Covid-19 in New Zealand.

Fifteen people are in hospital, with four in ICU. One is in a critical condition in Dunedin.

There were 1660 tests carried out yesterday, with the Health Ministry expecting to see a drop off in testing over Easter. There have now been 62,827 tests carried out in total.

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