There has been another Covid-19 related death in New Zealand.
The woman in her 70s was one of the residents from an Auckland rest home transferred to Waitakere hospital.
Director-general of health Dr Ashley Bloomfield also announced there are five more cases, bringing the total number of people affected by Covid-19 to 1445.
This included two confirmed cases, and three probable cases.
Education Minister Chris Hipkins joined director-general of health Dr Ashley Bloomfield for the daily Covid-19 briefing on Tuesday.
Cabinet decided the country would stay in level 4 until 11.59pm on Monday April 27.
Director-General of Health Dr Ashley Bloomfield and Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said
The current plan is for schools
to be able to re-open for a Teacher
Only Day on April 28 as part of their preparation, and the Government
expects those who need to attend, to be able to from 29 April 29.
Hipkins discussed the rules around schools during alert level three and explained what will be happening this week, in the lead up to schools opening safely.
Under alert level 3, most children will be learning from home still. Schools will only be open for families that need to have their children at school, he said.
“Education for students in years 11 to 13 will continue remotely,” Hipkins said.
Universities will be mostly remote, only allowing staff and students to only attend when crucial – such as hands on research.
“If students went home to join their family bubble, they must stay home.”
Wednesday, some schools will be welcoming back students.
Referring to early childhood concerns, Hipkins said he would continue to talk with the sector and provide further guidance.
“We’ve reached the point where the director-general of health is confident there is no widespread community transmission … so the chance of it coming through the gate or door is low,” he said.
The public health advice said it was safe for children to learn together, though Hipkins acknowledged that maintaining physical distancing would be difficult.
As leader of the House, he also gave an update about what will happen when Parliament sits again next week.
Schools and early learning centres can be accessed this week for cleaning
, maintenance and any other
This week, businesses will be allowed to get ready to open, such as re-entering premises to receive stock if necessary, but will have to stick to social distancing and their bubbles.
The same principle applies for preparing schools.
Schools and early learning centres can be accessed this week for cleaning, maintenance and any other preparations.
The current plan is for schools to be able to re-open for a Teacher Only Day on April 28 as part of their preparation, and the Government expects those who need to attend to be able to do so from April 29.
However, Ardern acknowledged it may take a bit longer for some schools and early learning centres to be ready.
During level 3, the Government still wants the vast majority of children and young people learning from home.
The official advice is for children who can stay at home should, and so should at-risk students.
Early childhood centres, and schools right up to year 10, will physically be open for families that need them.
Ardern said children should still learn from home if they can – except for those situations where it was not possible.
For example, parents who cannot manage the kids as well as work. Those who do go to school will be kept within one bubble while there.
She was not expecting large numbers of pupils to be in attendance.
Bloomfield said international evidence and New Zealand’s experience so far shows that Covid-19 does not affect or infect children and teens in the same way as adults. There were low infection rates, they don’t become too unwell and don’t tend to pass the virus to adults.
School principals said they are still awaiting guidance on what level 3 will look like in the classroom.
Senior ministry officials met with education unions and school associations early on Monday to discuss those guidelines.