Covid-19 case update: two new cases and one historical case in managed isolation, no cases in community

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Today, there are two new cases of Covid-19 in managed isolation (MIQ) and one historical case, with no other cases in the community.

Coronavirus particles, illustration. Different strains of coronavirus are responsible for diseases such as the common cold, gastroenteritis and SARS (severe acute respiratory syndrome). The new coronavirus SARS-CoV-2 (previously 2019-CoV) emerged in Wuhan, China, in December 2019.

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The Ministry of Health issued an update on the medevac flight for the patient from Fiji who tested positive for Covid-19 in a statement.

According to the report, the patient was safely transported by ambulance to Middlemore Hospital last night, following strict infection prevention and control procedures.

“Flight crew and ambulance staff used full PPE, as is regularly used to transport people arriving from overseas to hospital.

“The patient remains in a dedicated, secure ICU unit. There are appropriate isolation and infection prevention and control plans in place at all the metro-DHB hospitals, including Middlemore Hospital, where this patient is being managed.”

Requests for medical treatment in New Zealand from overseas jurisdictions, particularly in the Pacific, are common, the ministry said.

“Every request is considered, carefully taking into account factors such as the clinical needs of the patient, whether safe transport can be arranged and the availability of appropriate care in New Zealand.”

Taranaki update

The ministry stated that daily sampling from the New Plymouth wastewater treatment plant, as well as additional samples from sites throughout the Taranaki region, will continue this week.

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“There have been no subsequent reports of the virus. Community testing is also still going on.”

Meanwhile, the first day of Auckland’s mass vaccination event in Manukau is underway, with 16,000 people scheduled to receive a Covid-19 shot over the next three days.

Ayesha Verrall, Acting Covid-19 Response Minister, stated that the Auckland event will be studied and developed for similar events across the country.

Update on ships

The Mattina is still quarantined in Bluff and is inaccessible to the public, according to the ministry.

After a second transfer yesterday, two of the Covid-19 positive mariners remain in Southland Hospital and are in stable condition, according to the hospital.

On the Viking Bay, 16 of the 20 crew members have returned; the ship is still quarantined at Queens Wharf in Wellington.

According to the ministry, four of the crew members are still in managed isolation in Wellington.

“Deep cleaning of the vessel is being undertaken in coming days and the vessel is expected to depart next week.”

The numbers today

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The ministry said since 1 January 2021, there have been 108 historical cases, out of a total of 697 cases.

Four previously reported cases have now recovered, bringing the number of active cases in New Zealand to 45. The total number of confirmed cases is 2514.

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The seven-day rolling average of new cases detected at the border is two.

Yesterday there were 7189 Covid-19 tests processed across New Zealand and the total number of tests processed to date is 2,473,000.

The seven-day rolling average is 6664.

Update on Covid-19 Tracer app

The Covid-19 Tracer app now has 2,907,828 registered users.

The latest update of the app features reminders, diary icons and the ability to save and use previous scans.

The enhancements, available from today, include:

  • The ability to use a previous scan and save locations you go to frequently to manually backfill your diary.
  • Reminder notifications where individuals have not scanned or added a location to their diary recently.
  • An indicator on the scan screen making it easier to see when Bluetooth tracing is inactive.
  • Illustrated guides that make it easier to understand how the app and features work.

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