Dr Bloomfield said New Zealand had its first death after a woman who was initially diagnosed with influenza died.
The woman who died was in her 70s, from the West Coast. She died this morning.
"Understandably the family would like to take their time to grieve," Dr Bloomfield said.
"This latest sad news reinforces our move to alert level four."
He said 21 DHB staff who treated the woman when her diagnosis was thought to be influenza had been asked to self-isolate.