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Christchurch rest home residents have tested negative for Covid-19, after a care unit went into lockdown

Claudia Toxopeus
The Village palms
The Village Palms Retirement Village in Shirley, Christchurch, which locked down after residents fell ill on Tuesday.  Georgie Hanafin

Residents from The Village Palms Retirement Village in Shirley have tested negative for Covid-19, after displaying respiratory illness symptoms that closed down a care unit.

The residents were swabbed yesterday, while the care unit went into lockdown, barring all visitors. 

Patients on a first-floor care unit had been displaying influenza-type symptoms, similar to the symptoms of Coronavirus. 

Health Minister Chris Hipkins told media the swabs had come back negative. 

After the announcement of community transmission,  all rest homes in New Zealand are in lockdown. 

This news comes after four new cases of Covid-19 were announced in a surprise media briefing Tuesday night.

The cases are in Auckland, which will move to Alert Level 3.

Canterbury and the rest of the country will go t Level 2 from midday Wednesday. This means enforcing social distancing and maintaining strict hygiene practices.

Director of General Health Dr Ashley Bloomfield reiterated the importance of getting tested.

"If you are offered a test, please take it."

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