2 Jul 2021

Covid-19: Two new cases and one historical case in MIQ, none in community

1:14 pm on 2 July 2021

Two new Covid-19 cases and one historical case have been found in managed isolation and quarantine (MIQ), with none in the community, the Ministry of Health says.

A security guard and soldier guarding an entrance to the M-Social Hotel, which is being used as a managed isolation facility, in Auckland.

Photo: Supplied/ NZDF

One of the new cases arrived in the country from South Africa via Qatar on 25 June, and the other new case arrived in the country from the United Kingdom via Singapore on 29 June. Both are in a managed isolation facility in Auckland.

In a statement, the ministry said in addition to the two new cases, one historical case has been identified.

"This person arrived on 12 June from India via Qatar and the historical case was identified during routine day 12 testing. They have been in an Auckland managed isolation facility since arrival."

Since 1 January 2021, there have been 77 historical cases, out of a total of 570 cases.

"A previously reported case, which we reported on 28 June as having arrived from South Africa via Qatar, has now been reclassified as 'under investigation' and the case removed from our daily tally of active cases," the ministry said.

It also said three previously reported cases have now recovered, bringing the total number of active cases in New Zealand down to 27.

The seven-day rolling average of new cases detected at the border is two and the total number of confirmed cases in NZ is 2386.

Wellington update

The ministry said it was continuing to advise people who live in Wellington or were in the region between Saturday 19 June and Monday 21 June to check the locations of interest page following the visit by an Australian tourist who subsequently tested positive for Covid-19.

"People who have been at these locations of interest at the specified time should immediately isolate at their home or accommodation and call Healthline (0800 358 5453) for advice on testing."

There were 7131 Covid-19 tests processed yesterday and the total number processed to date is 2,303,782.

The seven-day rolling average is 7215.

Yesterday there was one new case in managed isolation.

It also emerged yesterday that more than 14,000 people had escaped a fee for staying in MIQ simply because the ministry has been unable to confirm their contact details and whether they are required to pay.

Meanwhile, pensioners and people with underlying health issues who are in group 3, frustrated at not having been contacted by DHBs to receive a vaccination, have been making their own arrangements to skip the queue.

Rural GPs also face a daunting task ahead of them with the vaccine rollout for group four, with some practices expected to be pushed to their limits, with the medical association saying that relying on GPs would not be suitable in some areas.

The government has widened the group of people who can be trained to administer vaccines. Retired nurses, people who have trained overseas but are not registered here, and healthcare assistants can register for training. Announcing the rule change, Covid-19 Response Minister Chris Hipkins said between 6000 and 6500 thousand vaccinators will be needed at the peak of the rollout.

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