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Covid-19 Alert Level update

24 February 2021


New Zealand is now at Alert Level 1 


Auckland moved to Alert Level 1 at 11:59pm on Monday 22 February. Now all of New Zealand is at Alert Level 1. 


Learn more about Alert Level 1 


If you are unwell 

  • If you’re sick, stay home. Do not go to work or school. Do not socialise.
  • If you have cold, flu or COVID-19 symptoms, call your doctor or Healthline and get advice about being tested.
  • If you have been told to self-isolate you legally must do so immediately.


Call Healthline on 0800 358 5453


Face coverings at Alert Level 1

At Alert Level 1, face coverings legally must be worn:

  • on all public transport to, from and through New Zealand — including on long-distance bus and train journeys, as well as ferries
  • on domestic flights throughout New Zealand
  • by taxi and ride-share drivers — while it’s not compulsory for passengers to wear them, we strongly encourage you to.

The requirement to wear face coverings on public transport applies to all of New Zealand at Alert Levels 1 and 2 from 11:59pm 17 February 2021, until further notice. This will be reviewed by Cabinet on Monday 22 February.


Wear a face covering


Download the NZ COVID Tracer app and scan QR codes wherever you go. This will help us trace people's movements in case of another community case and quickly close it down.
Any future cases need to be quickly identified, and their contacts isolated and tested, to avoid the virus spreading unimpeded in our communities.
Please help people keep track of where they’ve been by using the NZ COVID Tracer app and scanning QR Code posters.


Get your QR code  



Testing for COVID-19


If you have COVID-19 symptoms (cough, fever, sore throat, runny nose, loss of sense of smell, difficulty breathing), you should get tested. The Whanganui Hospital campus CBAC, 100 Heads Road, is open every Monday to Friday, 8am to 3.30pm. 


Outside these times, please call Healthline on 0800 358 5453 or go to Whanganui Accident and Medical (WAM) which is open 8am to 9pm, seven days a week -- call 06 348 1300 for WAM.


The hospital CBAC is a drive-through/walk-up facility -- no appointment is needed and there is no charge.


Getting tested at your GP


If you are visiting your general practice and it’s more convenient to be assessed there, this is also an option. Please make contact with them ahead of your visit. 


General practices (GPs) in Raetihi, Taihape, Bulls and Marton can assess their rural communities – please ring first.


How do I get my results if I have been tested for Covid-19?   


If your result comes back positive, you will be contacted by the Whanganui Public Health Unit directly. If your test is negative (clear of having COVID-19), you will be contacted by your general practice.


Further information is available by calling Healthline on 0800 358 5453.


Covid-19 cases in New Zealand 


There are 62 active cases of Covid-19 in New Zealand.


New Zealand's confirmed and probable cases of Covid-19 to date is 2365.


Where to get information 


The latest information can be found on www.covid19.govt.nz or the Unite Against Covid social media channels and on the Ministry of Health website


Local information for people in Whanganui, Rangitikei and South Ruapehu is available on this website, the WDHB Facebook page, your local council social media pages and the Civil Defence Manawatū-Whanganui page.




Read our media releases about Covid-19 or visit our Facebook page for more information. 


  • See The Ministry of Health's current cases page.
  • The Whanganui region has had nine (9) cases of Covid-19, all now recovered and no cases since April 2020.