Covid-19: One new case today in managed isolation

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There is one new case of Covid-19 to report today in managed isolation, the Ministry of Health has confirmed.

A health worker test a man for Covid-19 at a pop up testing location on the boardwalk at Revere Beach in Revere, Massachusetts on August 11, 2020. -

A health worker tests a man for the coronavirus (file photo). Photo: AFP

There are no new confirmed cases in the community.

The Ministry of Health did not hold a media conference today.

In a statement it says the person who has tested positive arrived from Hong Kong on 1 October and returned a positive test as part of routine testing at around day three. They have been transferred to the Auckland quarantine facility.

The total number of confirmed cases of Covid-19 is 1499.

The Ministry says two previously reported cases are now considered to have recovered, meaning the total number of active cases is 40.

Of the 40 cases, 34 are imported cases in managed isolation facilities and six are community cases.

There is no one in hospital with Covid-19 in New Zealand today.

Yesterday there were 2834 Covid-19 tests processed, bringing the total number of tests completed to date to 982,819.

There are now 2,295,100 registered users on the NZ Covid Tracer app.

On Sunday the ministry announced five new cases of the coronavirus in managed isolation.

The last Covid-19 case in the community to be reported was on 25 September, of a person who was a household contact and already self-isolating.

Meanwhile, a voucher allocation system to enter New Zealand’s managed isolation facilities started operating today.

New Zealanders will not have to pay a fee to get a voucher but may have to contribute to the costs of the quarantine if they plan to be here for less than 90 days.

Bookings open for new voucher allocation system

A voucher allocation system to enter New Zealand’s managed isolation facilities has gone live.

A person, couple, or family must complete a registration form in order to receive a voucher which guarantees them a place in a facility for the 14 days.

They’ll need to present the voucher at the airport so they can board a flight to New Zealand.

The allocation system began operating at 8am today and will be compulsory from 3 November.

The ministry says while travellers will be able to board a flight during the grace period up until 2 November, their check-in process may take longer while airline staff work with those running managed isolation to ensure there are places for them.

There is no fee for obtaining the voucher which will be emailed to the applicant once the allocation of a place in the system has been confirmed.

A group travelling together will be issued a single voucher for all passengers in the group.

Travellers will not be able to choose the city or facility for their 14-day stay in isolation.

The new system will help the ministry better match the number of people flying into the country with the availability of places in managed isolation facilities, and ensure the number of people arriving does not exceed the available rooms.

Travellers will be able to indicate any dietary requirements, accessibility needs and whether they want a twin or double room.

More detailed information is available on the Managed Isolation and Quarantine website.

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