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MONDAY 6 APRIL 2020

The Hawke's Bay District Health Board is opening a new coronavirus swabbing centre in CHB today.

The centre will be open Monday to Friday, and will use a drive-through system where patients are met by a team, who will assess them.

DHB spokesperson Claire Caddie said people will only be tested once they have a referral from a doctor.

She said anyone with respiratory symptoms consistent with COVID-19, regardless of travel history or contact with a confirmed case, will be tested.

The swabbing centre is the sixth in the region, and people can expect results in three to five days.

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There are 29 COVID-19 cases in Hawke's Bay.

No new cases were reported yesterday, with five on Saturday and five on Friday.

Hawke’s Bay Medical Officer of Health Dr Nick Jones said that while yesterday's news was pleasing, he urged everyone to continue to stay within their home-based bubbles to give the region the best chance of ensuring that the virus was contained.

He said authorities need to find every case across our region, so that when this period of isolation is over, they can be confident that there are no residual cases within our community that will ignite spread.

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The Waipukurau Police Station is now closed to the public due to COVID-19.

Officer in Charge, Sergeant Andrew Knox, says unfortunately they have had to close the front doors due to the risk the virus poses, and will not be able to take any complaints over the front counter.

Mr Knox is encouraging people to call 111 in an emergency, call 105 for a non-urgent matter, or to use the online reporting on the Police website.