9 Apr 2021

Covid-19: Two-thirds of border cases in last month from India

12:58 pm on 9 April 2021

Almost two-thirds of the Covid-19 cases detected in managed isolation over the last 30 days have come from India.

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The government has announced a temporary two-week suspension on arrivals from India, amid a surge in cases there.

Figures from the Ministry of Health show that of the 137 cases in managed isolation the last 30 days, 87 have come from India.

The next highest number of cases was from the United Kingdom, with seven, followed by Pakistan and the United States with six each and Ireland with four.

Other positive cases in the last 30 days have come from Brazil, Denmark, Egypt, Ethiopia, Netherlands, Oman, Papua New Guinea, France, Indonesia, Iran, Japan, Philippines, Serbia and Montenegro, Singapore, Sweden, Switzerland and the United Arab Emirates.

Since January, almost everyone coming to New Zealand has been required to have a negative pre-departure test.

Director-General of Health Ashley Bloomfield has said most of those from India who are testing positive on arrival are getting infected on their journey here.

Since the beginning of the pandemic, 1339 Covid-19 cases have been detected in managed isolation.

The cases have come from 90 different countries.

But 986 of those cases come from just 10 countries: the United Kingdom (296), India (245), the United States (201), Russia (51), Australia (35), Pakistan (34), Philippines (27), Frances (25), Ireland (24), South Africa (24) and the United Arab Emirates (24).

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