Covid-19 updates: Second person isolating at home dies


It has been confirmed that a second person with Covid-19 who was isolating at home has died. Catch up with all of the day’s developments and updates with RNZ’s blog.

In this afternoon’s Covid presser, where it was revealed there were 163 new community cases of Covid-19 today, Director of Public Health Dr Caroline McElnay said St John attended a call this morning after an emergency call to an address in the suburb of Mount Eden and found a person deceased on arrival.

The man in his fifties is understood to have been recently treated in hospital.

“Health authorities in Auckland are working with the police and ambulance crew to review the circumstances around the death,” Dr McElnay said.

Deputy Prime Minister Grant Robertson said it was his understanding the deceased man was admitted to hospital on Monday and discharged himself from the hospital on Wednesday.

He said there had been phone contact with them on Wednesday and Thursday.

“I am confident in the system. Obviously when we introduce a new system like self-isolation we need to continully monitor it and that’s happening. Between the Ministry of Health and the Auckland regional public health, they’re looking at both these specific incidents, but also at the wider system.

“It’s important to note there are still enquiries going on about the cause of death at the moment and we’ve just got to all make sure we allow that to occur.”

Robertson said before it was decided that a person can self-isolate, there was a public health assessment of issues like the circumstances of someone’s accommodation. A medical assessment also determined the person’s suitability as a candidate for self-isolation.

“We’re not in a position at the moment to be able to say what the cause of death was for either patient,” Roberston said.

Dr McElnay said the coroner would look at both deaths.

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