2 Oct 2020

Covid-19 update: No new cases in NZ today, nobody in hospital

1:40 pm on 2 October 2020

There are no new cases of Covid-19 to report today and nobody in hospital.

Director of Public Health Dr Caroline McElnay has given the latest update on the coutnry's fight against the coronavirus.

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Ten previously reported cases are now considered to have recovered, bringing the total number of active cases to 43 - 32 imported cases in MIQ facilities and 11 community cases.

The total number of confirmed cases remains at 1492.

Yesterday there were 4403 Covid-19 tests processed, bringing the total number of tests completed to date to 970,641.

Dr McElnay said: "While our case numbers are low, the pandemic continues overseas and is particularly active in many countries that New Zealanders are returning home from.

She said there were some things they could do to reduce the risk of bringing Covid-19 back with them.

"In the 14 days prior to departure people about to return to NZ should consider avoiding going to parties, social gatherings or crowded places, avoiding contact with people who have Covid-19 or who have been in contact with cases, and staying home as much as possible to limit exposure to other people."

She said doing these things will help reduce the risk of being exposed to Covid-19, than bringing it home.

There were 12 additional cases yesterday.

Dr McElnay said at the media briefing yesterday that 10 of the cases arrived in the country from India on 26 September on Flight AI1354.

The 11th case arrived from the US on 26 September and tested positive on day three, the other person came to New Zealand from the Philippines via Taiwan.

All cases were already in managed isolation and have since been transferred to a dedicated quarantine facility.

No new community cases were announced yesterday.

The high number of cases yesterday has led to calls for tougher restrictions for arrivals from countries considered high-risk.

Those travellers should go into quarantine for a week before they fly to New Zealand and should be tested before they board their flight, epidemiologist Michael Baker told Morning Report today.

If their pre-flight test was positive, they would need to delay their departure to New Zealand by a month while they cleared the virus, Professor Baker said.

It would be an alternative to closing the borders to certain countries. All travellers would still undergo the two weeks in isolation and two Covid-19 tests on their arrival.

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