Information about Novel coronavirus (18 Feb 2020)

Where to find the latest information about Novel coronavirus (COVID-19).

There are currently outbreaks overseas of a new disease called COVID-19 (also known as novel coronavirus). The Ministry of Health is closely monitoring the situation and following guidance from the World Health Organization.

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade urge all New Zealanders living in, visiting or travelling to China to register on SafeTravel. Registering means you will receive updated information and advice as soon as it comes to hand.

Information for people currently in or recently returned from mainland China is available on the Ministry of Health website:

There is a dedicated Healthline 0800 number for coronavirus health advice and information

The number is 0800 358 5453 (or for international SIMs +64 9 358 5453)

It is free and available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

People calling that line will be able to talk with a member of the National Telehealth Service. They have access to interpreters.

You should call that dedicated number:

  • To register if you have self-isolated yourself
  • For any coronavirus health advice and information and any questions you have about coronavirus, self-isolation etc.

Healthline’s main number is still the one to call for non-coronavirus health concerns - 0800 611 116.

Whichever number you call, you will get professional health advice and information.


Published: Feb 18, 2020, 2:43 PM