2 May 2021

Covid-19: Four new cases in managed isolation - Health Ministry

2:43 pm on 2 May 2021

There are four new cases of Covid-19 in managed isolation since Friday, but no new cases have been found in the community, the Health Ministry says.

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The latest update covers cases tested since Friday when four new cases were reported in managed isolation but none were reported in the community.

The ministry release said one new historical case had also been discovered. It reiterated that historical cases are not considered to be infectious.

There have been 50 historical cases identified this year, out of 446 cases total.

Four people who previously tested positive for the coronavirus have now recovered, leaving 24 remaining active cases in the country.

The total confirmed cases of Covid-19 identified in New Zealand remains 2262.

The ministry said it is contacting everyone who has arrived in New Zealand from Perth since Tuesday, in the wake of another Covid-19 outbreak in Western Australia.

An MIQ hotel security guard was likely infectious in the community for several days before testing positive for Covid-19 on Friday.

Those who have been in Perth are asked to check the locations of interested related to the three new cases.

The Ministry of Health suspended direct flights from Perth last night, and is awaiting further information from Australian officials today.

Meanwhile, 27 people in New Zealand are self isolating, after possibly being exposed to an infected traveller at Brisbane Airport on Thursday, before flying to New Zealand.

International figures continue to dismay

Globally there have been more than 3 million deaths from Covid-19, and 151m cases, according to John Hopkins University. The latest figures showed that more than 15,000 people were dying from the coronavirus each day, globally.

India has now recorded more than 19m cases of Covid-19 and 200,000 deaths. The country is fighting a second wave of the virus that has overwhelmed medical facilities and crematoriums in some areas.

India has the second highest number of cases internationally, following the US, which has now recorded 32m cases.

Brazil also marked a grim figure, passing 400,000 deaths from the virus, the second highest number of deaths internationally, followed by the US.

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