March 24, 2020 / 12:33 AM / 13 days ago

New Zealand confirms 40 new coronavirus cases

People take out products from their supermarket shopping cart and load them into their car outside Pak'nSave supermarket amid the spread of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in Christchurch, New Zealand, March 23, 2020. REUTERS/Martin Hunter

WELLINGTON (Reuters) - New Zealand on Tuesday confirmed that it has 40 new cases of coronavirus, taking the number of confirmed and probable cases infected with the virus to 155.

Six people are now in hospital and in stable condition, the Director-General of Health Ashley Bloomfield said in a news conference.

Four of the total number of cases have been treated as community transmission, he said. There have been no deaths in the country so far.

Reporting by Praveen Menon; Editing by Himani Sarkar

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