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Covid-19 Alert Level update

15 January 2021


All New Zealand at Alert Level 1


Whanganui, along with the rest of New Zealand, is at Alert Level 1. 


Despite being at Alert Level 1, it is important to remain vigilant to this dangerous virus and to maintain good hygiene practices like thorough hand washing and coughing and sneezing into the crook of your elbow.


It is also a good safety measure to maintain physical distancing, especially when out in public and in crowded places.


We all need to stay alert and all play our part – most importantly, if you are unwell, stay home, and seek advice on getting a Covid-19 test.


Call Healthline on 0800 358 5453



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  



Face coverings at Alert Level 1 


At Alert Level 1, we recommend wearing a face mask when it is difficult to maintain physical distancing, when you are in a crowd, or with strangers.


We recommend being prepared by having a supply of face coverings for everyone who usually lives in your household. Add some to your household emergency kit.


People are encouraged to wear a face mask when using public transport, and face masks are now mandatory on all flights across New Zealand.


Face coverings on public transport in Auckland and on all domestic flights

Face coverings legally must be worn:

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



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. 



Testing for COVID-19 during holiday period 


If you have COVID-19 symptoms (cough, fever, runny nose, loss of sense of smell, difficulty breathing), the Whanganui Hospital campus CBAC, 100 Heads Road, is open every Monday to Friday, 8am to 3.30pm during the Christmas/New Year 2020/21 period, except on public holidays.


Outside these times, please call Healthline on 0800 358 5453 or go to Whanganui Accident and Medical (WAM), 8am to 9pm.


Find out more.


If you are offered a test, please say: "Yes".


Covid-19 cases in New Zealand 


There are 76 active cases of Covid-19 in New Zealand.


New Zealand's confirmed and probable cases of Covid-19 to date is 2246.


  • 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.