30 Sep 2020

Covid-19: One new case today in managed isolation

1:24 pm on 30 September 2020

There is one new case of Covid-19 in New Zealand today, in managed isolation.

A laboratory staff wearing Personal Protective Equipments (PPE) places a hand on samples collected for Covid-19 coronavirus testing.

Samples collected for Covid-19 testing. File photo Photo: AFP

In a statement, the Ministry of Health says the person tested positive around day three of their time in managed isolation and arrived from France via Singapore on 25 September. They have been transferred to the Auckland quarantine facility.

It says there are 17 people isolating in the Auckland quarantine facility from the community, which includes nine people who have tested positive for Covid-19 and their household contacts.

One person is in hospital with the virus at Middlemore. They are in isolation on a general ward.

"Since August 11, our contact tracing team has identified 4,073 close contacts of cases, of which 4,073 have been contacted and are self-isolating or have completed self-isolation. This number has dropped since yesterday due to records being identified as duplicates in the system," says the ministry.

Twelve previously reported cases are now considered to have recovered, bringing the total number of active cases to 44. Thirty of these cases are imported and 14 are community cases.

The total number of confirmed cases of Covid-19 in NZ is 1,480.

Yesterday 4,969 Covid-19 tests were processed, bringing the total number of tests completed to date to 960,559.

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The ministry reminded people that "the ways we prevent Covid-19 spreading also apply to many other infectious diseases".

There was no 1pm news conference today.

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There are now 2,285,600 registered users on the Covid Tracer app.

The two new cases reported by the Health Ministry yesterday were of people who had arrived from overseas and were already in managed isolation.

Health and data experts say the Auckland cluster seems all but wrapped up but any move to level 1 should come with some extra restrictions in the short term. The government decides on Monday whether Auckland should move down from alert level 2.

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