Covid-19: Two new cases in MIQ, but none in the population – Ministry of Health

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The Ministry of Health reports two new cases of Covid-19 in MIQ today, both of which arrived from India before travel from that country was halted.

The ministry said in a written statement that there were no new population cases. One rescued event took the total number of open cases to 102, with a rolling seven-day average of two cases at the border.

According to the ministry, both new cases arrived from India via the UAE and were checked on days 12 and 15 of their stay as contacts of other cases.

One was in a bubble of two previously identified cases and was moved to a quarantine centre on April 4th. According to the ministry, the other had touch with a reported case whilst in transit and was sent to a quarantine centre.

They both arrived before India’s travel ban took effect on April 11.

One previously identified case was downgraded to “under investigation”

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The total number of confirmed cases stands at 2240, with 48 historical cases discovered at the border since January 1.

Yesterday, laboratories processed 2113 samples, with a seven-day rolling average of 4266 tests per day.

 

More than a year after Covid-19 closed the country’s doors, two-way quarantine-free travel between Australia and New Zealand started today.

The ministry encouraged tourists from Australia to download and use the NZ Covid Tracer software.

Meanwhile, Immigration Minister Kris Faafoi announced today that the families of vital healthcare employees, as well as a limited number of other highly qualified citizens, would be able to reach New Zealand soon.

The government is also addressing an issue that meant migrant workers who arrived before the border closed couldn’t carry their families, but those who arrived after could.

 

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