18 Apr 2021

Covid-19 update: Four new imported cases in two days, no new community cases

1:28 pm on 18 April 2021

There have been four new cases of Covid-19 reported in managed isolation in New Zealand since Friday, with no new community cases.

A medical worker poses with a swab testing kit at the laboratory and testing centre for Covid-19 antigen testing of hauliers bound for France via Dublin Port, at Dublin Airport

Photo: AFP

In its first media release in two days, the Ministry of Health said there was also one historical case in managed isolation.

So far this year there have been 48 historical cases out of a total of 423 cases.

The total number of active cases in New Zealand today is 102 and the total number of confirmed cases is 2239.

The four new imported cases reported today came from Kenya, Pakistan and Lebanon. Two were people coming from Kenya who travelled as part of a family bubble along that included two others who were earlier reported to have tested positive.

There was just one case in managed isolation reported in the last release from the Health Ministry, on Friday.

Meanwhile, global Covid-19 deaths have crossed the three million mark, as countries including India, Brazil and Canada struggling to control the coronavirus.

While there have not been any community cases in New Zealand for some time, the Ministry said today it was still "incredibly important" that people keep a record of where they've been, especially with the trans-Tasman bubble opening up tomorrow morning.

"As quarantine free travel begins overnight tonight, it's a timely reminder that people who visit New Zealand as part of quarantine free travel will be able to download the NZ Covid Tracer app - there are no restrictions.

"People may need to search their App Store or Google Play for 'NZ COVID' not just 'COVID', as the search will prioritise the app from their country, therefore adding 'NZ' will be important to discovering the app.

"Alternatively people will be able to visit the ministry website and the link on the tracer app page will take them direct to the right app on app stores.

"We recommend people continue to scan NZ Covid Tracer app. The more we all scan, the safer we'll all be. The data is stored on your phone until you choose to share it."

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