18 Nov 2020

Covid-19: Three new cases in NZ today - all in managed isolation

1:26 pm on 18 November 2020

There are three new cases of Covid-19 in New Zealand today, the Ministry of Health has confirmed.

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)

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There was no 1pm media conference today but in a statement the ministry said the new cases were all detected in recent returnees in managed isolation.

There are no new community cases.

One of the new cases is a person who arrived from the United Kingdom via Dubai on 14 November. The other two arrived from Dubai on 14 November.

All three tested positive during routine testing around day three of their time in managed isolation, the ministry said.

There are now 64 active cases of Covid-19 in New Zealand and the total number of confirmed cases is now 1652.

Yesterday there were 8392 Covid-19 tests processed, bringing the total number of tests completed to date to 1,199,426.

There were four new cases of Covid-19 in managed isolation facilities yesterday.

November quarantine cluster

The ministry said Auckland Regional Public Health Service was continuing to follow-up contacts from existing cases in the November quarantine cluster.

No further positive results have come back from close contacts of known cases.

It said residents at the accommodation facility that the New Zealand Defence Force was using in Auckland where Case A was staying had all had a second test, and those had all come back negative.

"The genome sequencing has shown that Cases A, B, D and E are all part of the same outbreak. We are still awaiting the sequencing from Case C, who is a close contact of Case B," the ministry said.

"Epidemiological investigations continue as to how Case D was infected.

"Wide testing around these known cases allows us to have greater confidence that there are not possible undetected links in the chain of transmission. Laboratories in Auckland have received more than 22,000 tests from the community since Case D came to light on Thursday, all returning negative results except for Case E, who is a close contact of Case D."

The ministry said it was encouraging that anyone who visited a location of interest during the relevant time period to get tested.

Meanwhile, Fiji's Autumn Nations Cup rugby Test against Italy has been called off after 29 members of the touring party tested positive for Covid-19.

  • If you have symptoms of the coronavirus, call the NZ Covid-19 Healthline on 0800 358 5453 (+64 9 358 5453 for international SIMs) or call your GP - don't show up at a medical centre

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