15 Oct 2020

Covid-19: Two new imported cases today in New Zealand

1:10 pm on 15 October 2020

There are two new cases in managed isolation facilities today, and no new community cases.

Covid-19 coronavirus particles, illustration.

Illustration of SARS-CoV-2 - the virus that causes Covid-19 (File image). Photo: AFP

The first imported case arrived on 9 October from India via Dubai and was taken to a managed isolation facility in Hamilton.

They tested positive on day three and have been transferred to the Auckland quarantine facility.

The second imported case arrived on 12 October from San Francisco, USA, and was taken to a managed isolation facility in Christchurch. They were tested after displaying symptoms of Covid-19.

This brings the total number of confirmed cases in country to 1520. There are 42 active cases - all imported ones.

Yesterday, laboratories processed 5196 tests, bringing the total number of tests completed to date to 1,016,853.

There are now 2,307,400 users registered on NZ COVID Tracer. The app has recorded a total of 91,889,488 poster scans, and users have created 3,849,194 manual diary entries.

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Yesterday, there were also two new imported cases in the country.

Meanwhile in updates from around the world, European nations are closing schools, bars and restaurants and cancelling operations as authorities battle a second wave of Covid-19.

US President Donald Trump's son also tested positive for the coronavirus, but has since returned a negative result according to first lady Melania.

The White House initially said Barron Trump had tested negative after both his parents tested positive earlier this month.

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