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Daily Media Update - Monday 18 May 2020

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No new cases in Southern

The Ministry of Health has announced no new COVID-19 cases in the Southern district today. The region’s total remains 216, with one active case, 213 now recovered and two deceased.

In the Southern district it has now been 30 days since a new case was reported.

Please note confirmed and probable cases are combined, to match Ministry case reporting. For a breakdown by Territorial Authority please visit the Southern Health website:

Thank you to the media

Southern DHB Communications Team would like to thank members of the media for their support over the last two months during the COVID-19 response.

Thank you for helping us get important health messages out to our communities across the Southern district.  Thank you for being champions for and representatives of your communities, for recognising the efforts of essential workers, including health workers, and thank you for your patience and understanding with us as we worked through the huge volume of issues and inquiries that we received.

COVID-19 is not yet over.  However, with the move to Alert Level 2, we have moved into a new phase.  From today our media updates will occur as and when required.  If in future we need to return to daily updates because circumstances warrant it, we will do so.

Meanwhile, please feel free to send your media inquiries to

Kind regards,

Southern DHB Communications Team.