No new cases of Covid-19 in New Zealand for 12th straight day

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New Zealand has now notched up 12 days without a new case of Covid-19, and there is still just one active case.

Director General of Health Dr Ashley Bloomfield has provided an update on the latest figures for Covid-19 in New Zealand.

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Confirmed and probable cases remains at 1504, with the total number of confirmed cases – which is reported to the World Health Organization – still at 1154.

The number of recovered cases was unchanged at 1481 with just one active case remaining and no people in hospital with the virus.

There were 1262 tests completed yesterday. Dr Bloomfield said he was not concerned by the drop-off in testing ahead of a potential move to alert level 1.

He said testing at the border would start next week and it could include everyone coming into the country, not just those going into quarantine.

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Those who worked at the border would also be tested, Dr Bloomfield said.

Dr Bloomfield said 487,000 people had registered with the government’s Covid-19 tracing app.

Dr Bloomfield said some people who had recovered from the virus were finding that they were not being treated that way.

“If people are recovered, they have got over the infection, they can go about their daily lives, including attending appointments and going to work and other places. They are no longer a risk to others.”

He asked people to be kind to those who had recovered from the virus and said there was no stigma attached to having the disease.

“If you come across people who have recovered, please be inclusive.”

Dr Bloomfield said 1 million doses of the flu vaccine have been administered this year, 200,000 more than the same time last year.

More to come…

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