For up-to-date information on COVID-19, regularly check the Ministry of Health website.

Regional Public Health (RPH) along with the Ministry of Health is closely monitoring the outbreak of COVID-19.


COVID-19 can cause acute respiratory infection ranging from mild to severe. Most infected people experience a mild to moderate illness, for example, fever, cough and breathing difficulties. Older people, and people with pre-existing medical conditions (such as diabetes, heart disease) are more vulnerable to becoming severely ill with the virus.

For further detail, please see the Ministry of Health questions and answers.

Who is at risk?

Anyone with a fever and difficulty breathing, and who:

  • in the last two weeks has been to mainland China
  • has been in close contact with someone diagnosed with coronavirus (COVID-19)

should contact Healthline on 0800 358 5453. Interpreters are available through this line.

Symptoms of COVID-19 are similar to a range of other illnesses such as influenza and do not necessarily mean that you have COVID-19.

Self isolation

Travellers who have been to mainland China in the last 14 days, or who have been in close contact with someone diagnosed with coronavirus (COVID-19),  need to follow self-isolation guidelines available on the Ministry of Health website.

Protect yourself

The following are simple steps you can take to protect yourself from COVID-19 and other illnesses in the community:

  • Wash your hands regularly
  • Use hand sanitiser
  • Cover coughs and sneezes with tissues or clothing, and wash hands afterwards
  • Do not go to work or school or large gatherings if you are sick

Useful links


Information for health professionals





New Zealand border health advice cards



WHO resources




Last updated 21 February 2020.