14 May 2021

Covid-19 update: No new cases, one historical case in MIQ

1:16 pm on 14 May 2021

There are no new cases of Covid-19 in New Zealand today, with just one historical case reported in managed isolation.

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In a statement, the Ministry of Health said the total number of active cases remained at 18.

The total number of confirmed cases in this country is 2289.

The one historical case to report was identified at the border and arrived in New Zealand on 24 April from the UAE via Malaysia.

Historical cases are not considered infectious, but this person was transferred to the quarantine facility as a matter of precaution while investigations were undertaken.

There have been 60 historical cases reported this year, out of a total of 473 cases.

The Ministry of Health also said the public health risk to New Zealand from the Melbourne community case announced earlier this week remained low.

One of the two people in New Zealand who identified themselves as casual contacts of the Melbourne case was symptomatic and has been tested, but has returned a negative result. Public health staff assessed that the second person did not need a test.

The Ministry's public health team remains in contact with their counterparts in Australia about the situation in Melbourne.

In other Covid-19 news today, Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern says the government is not planning to help travel agents trying to organise private charter flights for New Zealanders stranded in India.

The government was waiting to see whether commercial flights out of India would come back on stream after being paused, she told Morning Report.

Yesterday, there was one new case of the novel coronavirus in managed isolation.

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