5 Jul 2020

Covid-19 update: Three new cases confirmed

7:15 pm on 5 July 2020

There are three new cases of Covid-19 in the country today.

Covid-19 coronavirus particles, illustration. The SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus was first identified in Wuhan, China, in December 2019.

The World Health Organisation reported a record increase in global coronavirus cases today, with the total rising by 212,326 in 24 hours. Photo: AFP / SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY

There was no media conference for today's update.

In a statement, the Ministry of Health said the total number of confirmed case was at 1183, with just 21 active cases.

One person remains in Auckland City Hospital in stable condition.

One significant cluster remains open and is due to close tomorrow.

The three people arrived in Christchurch on a flight from Delhi on Tuesday.

They stopped over in Singapore but did not leave their flight during this time.

All are now in quarantine at the Chateau on the Park facility.

The first case is a woman in her 30s. The second case is her husband, a man in his 30s. Their close contacts include two daughters who will be tested today and who have also been moved into the quarantine area.

The third case is a man in his 70s, travelling with his wife who is regarded as a close contact.

Yesterday's lab testing figures have been delayed by an IT update and will be provided as soon as possible, the ministry says.

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The Chateau on the Park hotel in Christtchurch. Photo: Chateau on the Park

Woman charged after leaving quarantine hotel

A 43-year-old woman who climbed a fence to escape from a managed isolation facility in Auckland last night, has been charged under the Covid-19 Public Health Response Act.

The woman arrived from Brisbane on 27 June and returned a negative Covid-19 test three days later.

Five police officers attended the incident and went into isolation as a precaution, but after an assessment four of the officers were deemed to have had no contact with the woman or took necessary measures and they have since returned for duty, a police statement said. One officer remains in isolation pending the result of a Covid-19 test.

Meanwhile yesterday, it was announced that an investigation has been ordered into a massive privacy breach, which involved a leak revealing the personal details and identities of New Zealand's 18 active Covid-19 cases.

State Services Minister Chris Hipkins said the investigation could result in criminal charges, depending on the outcome.

Record rise in cases worldwide

The World Health Organisation reported a record increase in global coronavirus cases today, with the total rising by 212,326 in 24 hours.

The biggest increases were from the United States, Brazil and India, according to a daily report. The previous WHO record for new cases was 189,077 on 28 June. Deaths remained steady at about 5000 a day.

Global coronavirus cases exceeded 11 million yesterday, according to a Reuters tally, marking another milestone in the spread of the disease that has killed more than half a million people in seven months.

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