31 Oct 2020

Covid-19 update: Seven new cases in managed isolation

1:07 pm on 31 October 2020

There have been seven new cases of Covid-19 reported in New Zealand today, all in managed isolation.

Covid-19 coronavirus particles, illustration. The new coronavirus SARS-CoV-2 (previously 2019-CoV) emerged in Wuhan, China, in December 2019.

Photo: AFP

In a statement, the Health Ministry said there were no community cases.

The seven new cases include one who arrived from the United States on 26 October; one from the Ukraine on 26 October; two from Qatar on 27 October; one from Dubai on 28 October and two cases from Qatar on 29 October.

The Ministry said all cases were detected during routine isolation.

The total number of active cases in this country is now 75 and the total number of confirmed cases is 1601.

There were 5964 tests processed yesterday.

There was one new case in managed isolation yesterday.

The Ministry also said it was continuing to work with its Japanese counterparts on the case of a New Zealand child who returned a weak positive result after their arrival in Japan on 23 October.

"Further testing of the child, their household and contacts have all revealed negative test results. This public health investigation has also investigated the tests and possible historical exposures.

"It has been determined that it was not the result of a recent Covid-19 infection. There is no ongoing risk for New Zealand and the case is now closed."

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