6 Jul 2020

Covid-19 update: One new case in managed isolation

1:44 pm on 6 July 2020

There is one new case of Covid-19 in managed isolation in New Zealand today, the Ministry of Health has confirmed.

A healthcare worker organises Covid-19 tests that were just administered at United Memorial Medical Center Covid-19 testing site in Houston, Texas Thursday,25 June.

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Today's update, in the form of a statement from the Ministry of Health, said the new confirmed case was a man in his 20s who arrived in the country from London on 4 July, via Doha and Sydney.

He arrived at Auckland Airport with symptoms and was taken straight to the quarantine facility.

"The Public Health Unit will be interviewing the man to find out more details," the ministry said.

There are now 22 active cases of Covid-19 in New Zealand, all in managed isolation or quarantine facilities.

There were still no known cases of Covid-19 in the community, the ministry said, and it had been 66 days since the last case of Covid-19 that was acquired locally from an unknown source.

Today's case brought total confirmed cases to 1184.

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The ministry also confirmed that the last significant cluster - that associated with St Margaret's Hospital and Rest Home - had closed.

A cluster is considered closed when there have been no new cases for two incubation periods from the date when all cases complete isolation.

One person remains in Auckland City Hospital in a stable condition on a ward.

Yesterday there were 1057 Covid-19 tests, bringing the total number of tests completed to date to 415,283.

Meanwhile, an epidemiologist wants those returning to this country to be confined to their rooms during Covid-19 quarantine.

"If we continue to use modern CBD hotels, we need military-like precision."

Professor Tony Blakely said New Zealand needed to learn from the situation in Melbourne, where 3000 residents are locked down in over-crowded tower blocks due to a surge in Covid-19 cases.

His comments came after a woman climbed a fence to escape managed isolation on Saturday night in Auckland.

The woman has been charged and has returned to managed isolation.

What's happening around the world

There are now over 11 million cases of Covid-19 worldwide, with Johns Hopkins University reporting 11,398,501 cases.

In England, thousands of people flocked to pubs, restaurants and bars on Saturday as large parts of the hospitality sector reopened for the first time since March.

Meanwhile, in the first four days of July alone, 15 US states reported record increases in new cases of Covid-19, which had infected nearly 3 million Americans and killed about 130,000, according to a Reuters tally.

Australia's most populous state of New South Wales will close its border with Victoria state on Tuesday to contain the spread of Covid-19 cases, ABC reports.

- RNZ / Reuters

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