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COVID-19 media update, 27 May

Posted: 27.05.2020

The Ministry of Health provided an update on the COVID-19 response at 1.00 pm today.


  • Director-General of Health, Dr Ashley Bloomfield

View the livestream video below.


For a fifth consecutive day, there are no new cases of COVID-19 to report in New Zealand. 

Question from journalists:

  • Would Dr Ashley Bloomfield be comfortable with the country moving to Level 1 earlier?
  • Why do we have to remain in Alert Level 2 for so long?
  • Would a trans-Tasman bubbled be workable at the moment?
  • Is there a review on wearing masks?
  • Is it safe to have students coming into New Zealand?
  • What Alert Level will be required to create a trans-Tasman bubble?
  • Is this the first time no one has been in hospital since lockdown started?
  • Does the Ministry of Health sign off on all exemptions?
  • Is there room for quarantining overseas before coming to New Zealand?
  • Is Dr Ashley Bloomfield happy with testing numbers?
  • Will New Zealand’s success with COVID-19 mean a delay in access to a vaccine?
  • Could we see more people coming through the borders?
  • What are the benefits of mask use?
  • The Tokyo Olympics have been postponed until 2021, should they go ahead?