25 Apr 2021

Covid-19 update: No new cases in New Zealand

2:10 pm on 25 April 2021

There are no new cases of Covid-19 in the community or in managed isolation in New Zealand today.

Samples awaiting testing for novel coronavirus Covid-19, are pictured at Biogroup Laboratory's lab in west London on January 21, 2021.

Photo: AFP

In a statement, the Health Ministry said the total number of active cases in New Zealand remained at 33 and the total number of confirmed cases is 2245.

There were two cases in managed isolation yesterday.

The ministry said New Zealand had now completed two million tests for Covid-19 since the very first test was carried out on 7 February 2020.

"Since 7 February, a total of 1,212,328 people have been tested - meaning nearly a quarter (244 out of 1000) of all New Zealanders have been tested.

"The highest number of tests completed in a single day was 25,007, during the Auckland August cluster."

There were 3620 tests processed yesterday.

"Testing has and continues to be a core part of our elimination strategy for Covid-19 and is in addition to the current public health measures being practised at the border such as physical distancing, basic hygiene measures, and appropriate PPE use," the ministry said in a statement.

"To everyone who has played their part, whether at the frontline or providing necessary support, we thank you for your contribution and the huge difference you've made to our response. New Zealand's response owes a debt of gratitude to our laboratory workers and all other supporting workers who have made this happen.

"We would also like to thank all New Zealanders who have been tested, including our frontline workers who are regularly re-tested."

Perth lockdown

People in Perth and the outer-metropolitan area of Peel are in the middle of a three-day lockdown after a person tested positive for the virus after leaving managed isolation. They spent several days in the community before flying to Melbourne.

Two further community cases in Perth have since been confirmed.

Two of the 1000 passengers who arrived in New Zealand on direct flights from Perth recently, who are from the same household, have let health authorities know they were in the Perth domestic terminal at the time specified in the Perth locations of interest page.

"They are being treated as casual contacts and have both had their tests today, with results due this week. The risk to the public has been assessed again to be very low. They remain in isolation until their test results come back."

All travel between Western Australia and New Zealand has been paused.

The ministry said the current risk to New Zealand remained low.

The next update will be on Tuesday.

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