16 new cases of COVID-19 in managed isolation in last four days

16 new cases of COVID-19 in managed isolation in last four days

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There are 16 new cases of COVID-19 to report today in managed isolation. There are no new cases reported in the community.

The Ministry of Health said to thisquality that one historical case is now the community. The case was reported seven months ago and has now been confirmed.

The first case arrived on December 17 from the United States. This person tested positive for the virus on day 7. They were a close contact of another case on the same flight. This person is now in a quarantine facility in Christchurch. 

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The second case arrived on December 19 from India via the United Arab Emirates. This person tested positive for the virus at around day 3. This person was transferred to Auckland’s quarantine facility.

The third and fourth cases travelled together, arriving on December 20 from India via the United Arab Emirates. They tested positive for the virus at around day 3 of routine testing. They were both transferred to Auckland’s quarantine facility.

The fifth and sixth cases travelled separately, arriving on December 20 from India via the United Arab Emirates. They tested positive for the virus at around day three of routine testing. They were both transferred to Auckland’s quarantine facility.

The seventh case was an air flight support crew member, arriving on December 22 from France. This person tested positive for the virus following routine day 2 testing. They have been transferred to Auckland’s quarantine facility. The Ministry of Health said to thisquality that there was one close contact identified, but they returned a negative result — they will be self-isolating for 14 days as a precautionary.

The eighth and ninth cases arrived on December 21 from the United States. They tested positive for the virus at around day 3 of routine testing. They were both transferred to a quarantine facility in Christchurch.

The tenth case arrived on December 22 from Pakistan via Qatar and Australia. This person was reported as symptomatic and tested positive for the virus on day 1. They were transferred to Auckland’s quarantine facility.

The eleventh case arrived on December 22 from Malaysia via the United Arab Emirates. This person tested positive for the virus on day 3 of routine testing. This person was transferred to Auckland’s quarantine facility.

The twelfth case arrived on December 22 from India via Malaysia and the United Arab Emirates. This person tested positive for the virus at around day 3 of routine testing. 

The thirteenth case arrived on December 22 from India via the United Arab Emirates. This person tested positive for the virus on day 3 of routine testing. This person was transferred to Auckland’s quarantine facility.

The fourteenth case arrived on December 22. The Ministry of Health says their ‘last leg’ of the journey was from Singapore but the country of origin is not confirmed at this time. This person tested positive for the virus at around day 3 of routine testing. This person was transferred to Auckland’s quarantine facility.

The fifteenth case arrived on December 24 from Inda via the United Araba Emirates. This person tested positive for the virus on day 1 as they were symptomatic.

The sixteenth case is reported as historical from May after they returned a weak positive result. This case is now being confirmed after an investigation was conducted. The person is based in Christchurch. “The results from additional testing were inconclusive and it was determined the case was likely to be historical at time of diagnosis. At the time, the person was a close contact of a family member who had recently returned from overseas and was in self-isolation at home as managed isolation facilities were yet to be established,” said the Ministry of Health.

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Further on the historical case: “The person was fully recovered in May and is now being recorded as a community case to formally close off the investigation.”

15 previously reported cases of COVID-19 have now recovered. The total number of active COVID-19 cases is now at 50. 

The total confirmed COVID-19 cases are now at 1,788. This is the number that the Ministry of Health reports to the World Health Organisation.

The total number of tests that have been completed to date is 1,394,812.

There are now 2,420,400 users registered on NZ COVID Tracer app. The app has recorded a total of 144,622,903 poster scans. There have also been 5,829,315 manual diary entries recorded so far.

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