WELLINGTON, May 21 (Xinhua) -- New Zealand reported no new cases of COVID-19 on Thursday for four consecutive days, with the combined total of confirmed and probable cases remaining at 1,503, according to the Ministry of Health.
Director-General of Health Ashley Bloomfield told a press conference that the death toll has remained at 21 in the country since May 6, the ministry said.
"Over the last few months, any cases where there has been a sudden or unexplained death in the community, COVID-19 testing has been carried out. So far, they have all come back negative," Bloomfield said.
Only one person was receiving hospital care due to the virus, and this person was not in ICU, he said.
Bloomfield encouraged all New Zealanders to get the influenza vaccine, especially as the country moves into the chilly winter months.
He said there is currently still a good supply of Southern Hemisphere vaccines distributed across the country that its people, especially those considered vulnerable to the flu, have access to.