Update on Covid-19: four new imported cases in two days, no new population cases

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Since Friday, four new Covid-19 cases have been recorded in controlled isolation in New Zealand, with no new population cases.

The Ministry of Health said in its first media release in two days that there was already one historical event in controlled isolation.

There have been 48 historical cases so far this year, out of a total of 423 cases.

There are currently 102 active cases in New Zealand, with a total of 2239 confirmed cases.

Kenya, Pakistan, and Lebanon were the sources of the four new imported cases announced today. Two were Kenyans who travelled as part of a family bubble that included two others who had previously been confirmed to have tested positive.

In the most recent Health Ministry release, on Friday, there was only one case in controlled isolation registered.

Meanwhile, the global Covid-19 death toll has surpassed three million, with countries such as India, Brazil, and Canada unable to contain the coronavirus.

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While there haven’t been any group cases in New Zealand in a while, the Ministry of Justice said today that it’s still “incredibly important” that people keep track of where they’ve been, particularly with the trans-Tasman bubble opening tomorrow morning.

“As quarantine free travel begins overnight tonight, it’s a timely reminder that people who visit New Zealand as part of quarantine free travel will be able to download the NZ Covid Tracer app – there are no restrictions.

“People may need to search their App Store or Google Play for ‘NZ COVID’ not just ‘COVID’, as the search will prioritise the app from their country, therefore adding ‘NZ’ will be important to discovering the app.

“Alternatively people will be able to visit the ministry website and the link on the tracer app page will take them direct to the right app on app stores.

“We recommend people continue to scan NZ Covid Tracer app. The more we all scan, the safer we’ll all be. The data is stored on your phone until you choose to share it.”

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