Covid-19: 11 cases in MIQ, none in community

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Eleven new cases of Covid-19 in managed isolation are being reported by the Ministry of Health, with no new cases in the community.

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Photo: RNZ / Samuel Rillstone

In a written statement, the ministry said the seven-day rolling average of new border cases was four, and total active cases in New Zealand today was 86.

All but one of the new cases arrived from India via UAE on Saturday, 27 March and was tested on the day of their arrival. They all arrived on the same flight, and genome testing would determine if the cases were related, the ministry said.

Further testing would also help determine if any of the cases were historical.

The other case arrived from Italy via Singapore on Friday 26 March, and was tested around day 1 of their stay.

The ministry also said the investigation into the ‘day 12’ case at the Grand Mercure managed isolation facility in Auckland was continuing.

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All but one of the 236 returnees who had left the facility after their two-week isolation period who had been contacted had returned a negative test. One returned a positive result which the ministry said was classed as a historical infection after further testing and serology results, and was not considered infectious.

Another 36 such returnees were yet to be contacted and return a test. The ministry said the total number of returnees had increased as more people took exit tests and isolated at home until returning a negative result, but this additional safety measure was considered no longer necessary and had been lifted for anyone else leaving the facility.

Total confirmed cases was at 2137, with 42 historical cases since 1 January.

Yesterday, the ministry announced one new case in managed isolation, a person who arrived from Ireland via Qatar on 18 March and tested positive on day eight.

More to come…


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