9 May 2021

Covid-19 update: Two new imported cases before Sydney flights resume

1:09 pm on 9 May 2021

There have been two cases of Covid-19 in managed isolation reported today, ahead of the resumption of flights from Sydney tonight.

A lab assistant manipulates samples, at a COVID-19 screening centre of Saint Andre Hospital in Bordeaux, on May 20, 2020, as the hospital takes part in an operation of a screening and testing drive of the COVID-19 (novel coronavirus), organised in the city centre. (Photo by GEORGES GOBET / AFP)

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In a statement, the Ministry of Health said there were no community cases.

The two new imported cases arrived on Friday from the Philippines and Pakistan.

It said there were 27 active cases and the total number of confirmed cases in this country is now 2286.

There were three new cases and three historical cases reported in managed isolation yesterday.

The ministry said flights to and from Sydney will resume at midnight tonight, following two community cases reported earlier in the week, as there was no evidence to suggest "widespread, undetected community transmission".

"The current assessment from New Zealand public health officials is that the risk to New Zealand from New South Wales remains low."

It said 5568 people who have arrived in New Zealand from NSW since last Friday have been contacted by health authorities and provided with advice.

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