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COVID-19 media update, 28 May

Posted: 28.05.2020

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.


Today there are no new cases of COVID-19 to report in New Zealand.

Questions from journalists:

  • Is the Ministry working on a plan for pilots and flight attendants coming into the country?
  • Should crews be doing more when they are walking around foreign airports like LAX?
  • Why are we still looking at 4 weeks of Alert Level 2?
  • When is it going to be okay for businesses to get back to life as usual?
  • Why should staff continue staying at home in Alert Level 1?
  • What’s the official position on the use of masks on aircraft?
  • Is it eradication or elimination we are aiming for?
  • There are talks of plans to fast track the return of international students. Are there any concerns?
  • From a health perspective, where would cases in Australia need to be to look at a trans-Tasman bubble?
  • Does the same apply to the Pacific?
  • Would managed isolation be open to expanding beyond hotels to new venues?
  • Community transmission.
  • A reporter in managed isolation.
  • Are there any major concerns around larger gatherings?
  • Data around healthcare workers infected by COVID-19.
  • On the vaccine strategy, is forced vaccination on the horizon?