Information as at Wednesday 8 April 2020

In NZ currently (8 April) we have 1160 cases of confirmed and probable cases of COVID-19, 1 death, and 241 patients have recovered.

The situation changes daily and continues to evolve.

Stay Home. Break the Chain. Save Lives.


In January 2020, Chinese authorities confirmed the presence of a new type of novel coronavirus known as COVID-19. Other corona viruses include the common cold, SARS and MERS.

The situation changes daily and continues to evolve. Please note the timeline below.


    • 8 April: Overseas media have praised Jacinda for her early and hard response, saying NZ is squashing, not flattening, the curve. 
    • 7 April: 1160 cases today and 24 recovered. Director-General of Health Ashley Bloomfield says more people have recovered in the last 24 hours than tested positive, and we can be increasingly confident” about our lockdown response. The mental health team, “All Right?” has launched a new well-being campaign called “Getting through together campaign“. The DG was also demoted for a 2nd lapse in judgement. UK’s PM has been admitted to intensive care. 
    • 6 April: 1106 cases today with 176 recovered. Director-General of Health Ashley Bloomfield says early results on origins of virus: 43% linked to travel, 38% close contacts of overseas travel, 2% community transmission. New cluster in Chch Rosewood Rest Home: 15 confirmed cases both residents and staff. Infected residents being moved for isolation and care purposes, and DHB is looking after those remaining. A new searchble list of business that have applied for the government assistance is available this afternoon. A mental health wellbing package is being released tomorrow.  
    • 2 April: 797 cases today with 92 recovered. Director-General of Health Ashley Bloomfield says numbers are still increasing as expected. No flattening of the curve yet. More tests are being called for and the relaxed conditions for getting a test will help. PPE gear is available. Std Flu vaccines are available and happening.
    • 1 April: 708 cases today. 
    • 31 March: 647 cases today. Supermarkets will be closed on Good Friday but will be open all other days of the long weekend including Easter Sunday. 
    • 30 March: 589 cases today. A website has been set up for people to raise concerns about price-gouging. 
    • 29 March: Day 4 of full lock-down: 514 cases and 1 death. Jacinda said: “Today’s death is a reminder of the fight we have on our hands. And it’s a reminder of why it’s so important.” The public have been asked to use the form at to report breaches of the lock-down, rather than calling the police 111 system.
    • 28 March: 458 cases:12 in hospital, 2 intensive care. messages are “stick to your bubble,” “stay local” and “be kind”. 
    • 27 March: Retired and ex-medical staff are volunteering. 368 cases: 8 are in hospital and 1 in intensive care. 
    • 26 March: Level 4 is in force. Cases are now at 283. A Social Services finance and support package was announced. 
    • 25 March: A state of Emergency has been declared. Level 4 begins at 11.59 pm tonight (25 March). e-Life contained a huge amount of information about the Diocese and what they are doing in these extraordinary times. Cases are now at 205. 
    • 24 March: Cases are now at 155. The Government has advised that from midnight tomorrow night (Wednesday) we transition to Level 4. This is full lock-down. The Government has put in place multiple relief and assistance packages such as mortgage holidays, employer/ee support, and government guaranteed bank loans for businesses,
    • 23 March: The government has taken us to Alert Level 3 (and in 48 hrs Alert level 4). The Prime Minister advises this shutdown is to break the chain of community transmission of COVID-19 and to stop the spread of the virus. All non-essential services are now to close and where possible, people are to work from home. All people are asked to self isolate and not have contact with anyone except the people living in their own home. Schools will be shut from tomorrow and the school holidays will be brought forward. Essential services will be available at every alert level. These measures are in place for four weeks, then they will be reviewed.
    • 21 March with community transmission probable, many activities have been curtailed. This includes all 70+ yrs or at risk people have been asked to stay at home, travel is restricted to essential journeys only, libraries and other CCC facilities are closed, and a new 4-Stage-Alert-System (18 downloads) has been introduced by the Government. Currently NZ is at alert level 2. If an at risk person turns up to church tomorrow, they will be asked to return home. Pastoral care for all will be a priority for parishes.
    • 20 March at 2.30pm, a Special e-Life was issued by Bishop Peter Carrell to our Diocese, advising all services will cease from Monday 23 March until further notice. Information about mid week gatherings and that Churches should remain open were also included. Anyone conducting church this Sunday 22 March needs to follow this directive Coronavirus-Directions-16-March-2020-1.pdf (52 downloads)
    • 20 March, the National Anglican Church ANZP issued a directive to stop all services in the province from Monday 23 March. Read that information here. 
    • 19 March NZ’s borders were closed (unless you are a NZ citizen or have PR).
    • 19 March NZrs can gather outdoors in numbers under 500, and indoors in numbers under 100.
    • 16 March updated guidelines were issued to our Diocese about communion procedures. Coronavirus-Directions-16-March-2020-1.pdf (52 downloads)
    • 16 March a Pandemic Traffic Light plan was sent to parishes Updated Traffic Light 19.3.20 (7 downloads) and Taonga published supporting information at a National level
    • 12 March the WHO declared it a pandemic.





  • We live and worship to the praise and glory of God.
  • The people of God are called to love and care for one another, for our neighbours and even our enemies. Our love and compassion is especially directed to the vulnerable who appear, in this current situation, to be the elderly and those with existing health conditions.
  • In the context of a global COVID-19 / Coronavirus Pandemic (as declared by the World Health Organisation), of many nations declaring drastic measures in order to slow down if not halt the spread of this infectious disease, and of our own nation imposing a 14 day self-isolation of all arrivals on our shores, it is incumbent
    on churches to demonstrate our commitment in love for others by change in practice and custom in order to collaborate in the prevention of the spread of this disease.
  • Churches together have a common task in respect of the people of God who meet for worship and in respect of all people in society and thus we adopt and adapt each other’s best practice and wisdom in order to achieve common messaging in this critical time.
  • With respect to Holy Communion and concerns people may have about receiving communion “in one kind” only, the following should be noted as the common mind of the Anglican Church in Aotearoa, New Zealand and Polynesia, as expressed in our prayer book: When people who desire to receive the Holy Communion are unable to do so for any other reason, their desire and such prayers as they are able to offer ensure that they do spiritually receive the body and blood of Christ. A New Zealand Prayer Book He Karakia Mihinare o Aotearoa page 729


Additional Information for General Purposes


Health Guidance

  • NZ is following the guidance of the NZ Ministry of Health (MoH) and the World Health Organisation (WHO).
  • The virus affects the lungs and breathing and looks a bit like the influenza or flu virus. It especially impacts the elderly and people already sick for another reason.
  • Symptoms can range from mild to severe and some people infected are a-symptomatic, or show no symptoms.
  • Symptoms are: a temperature greater than 38 degrees, mild to acute respiratory illness and possibly also one of the following: shortness of breath, cough, or sore throat.
  • If you have symptoms of the coronavirus, call the NZ COVID-19 Healthline on 0800 358 5453 (+64 9 358 5453 for international SIMs)
  • At this stage there is no vaccination, but it is being worked on.
  • The best source of information on the virus is NOT social media, but we can rely on information from the NZ Ministry of Health or from the World Health Organisation (WHO).

Stay Calm & Wash your Hands

  • Cover your mouth and nose when you sneeze (we recommend the ‘chicken-wing’ method rather than your hands)

    The ‘chicken-wing’ method for covering a cough or sneeze
  • If using a tissue, put it in the bin
  • Stay home if you are sick (working from home may be an option)
  • Avoiding close contact (2m is the recommended distance) with anyone with cold or flu-like symptoms
  • If you have been in contact with an unwell person or you yourself are feeling unwell, avoid contact with the elderly and anyone with a compromised immune system especially those with respiratory issues.
  • Two useful posters on handwashing and washing and drying hands are available by clicking on the links
  • The Ministry of Health’s advise on the best way to protect yourself and others is available here.
  • MOH information sheets are available here.

Be prepared at home

  • Have a plan—who can help if you are ill?
  • Build up your emergency supplies kit
  • Visit the Civil Defence website for more information about getting your home ready
  • The Ministry of Health has a large amount of current resources.


World Health Organisation

The WHO, from their headquarters in Geneva, provide regular and updated information on COVID-19. Visit their website or read their daily situation report which you can view here.

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