10 Aug 2020

Covid-19: No new cases in managed isolation

1:28 pm on 10 August 2020

There are no new Covid-19 cases in New Zealand today.

Medical staff member in rubber glowes hands out Coronavirus nasal swabs test tubes at drive-through testing point in an effort to curb the spread of COVID-19 (novel coronavirus)

(File image). Photo: 123RF

There was no live briefing to media from the ministry today. The numbers mark the fifth day since a new case was found in New Zealand.

In a statement, the Ministry of Health said there were now 21 active cases of the coronavirus in quarantine facilities, after two more people were recorded as recovered.

New Zealand's confirmed cases remains at 1219.

The ministry reported 2125 tests were completed yesterday, with 1134 of those in managed isolation and quarantine facilities.

The ministry said the number of tests was "encouraging" for a Sunday. Weekends and holidays have consistently showed lower testing rates.

Last week, testing numbers began to increase above the 4000 per day recommended for monitoring of the virus in New Zealand, with Friday and Monday being the only days which did not surpass this number.

Yesterday, New Zealand marked 100 days since the last known case of community transmission.

Meanwhile, Labour Party leader Jacinda Ardern is providing an update on the proposed travel bubble with the Cook Islands.

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The ministry continued to urge New Zealanders to use its NZ Covid Tracer app.

"We can't afford for people to wait until there is a case of community transmission to start using the app - we need to quickly be able to isolate any contacts of a future case in our community before the virus spreads out of control," the ministry said.

"That means now is the time to download and start using the NZ Covid Tracer app, if you haven't already downloaded it."

The ministry also repeated its recommendation for households to add masks to their emergency kits.

"We know there has been concern around supply issues, but we urge people to take the same approach as shopping for groceries during alert level 4 - shop normally and there will sufficient masks for everyone."

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