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Director-General of Health Dr Ashley Bloomfield and Health Minister Chirs Hipkins will provide today’s update.
“It’s good to be back,” Hipkins said as his first words at this press conference. He thanked the team of ‘5 million’ for playing their part in the last 7 months since the first COVID-19 case in New Zealand.
There are 9 new cases of COVID-19 to report in New Zealand today.
Eight of the new cases are reported in managed isolation facilities; one is a close household contact of one of the cases that were already confirmed in the marine employee cluster.
Seven of the managed isolation cases are among the fishing crew at Christchurch Sudima from Russia and Ukraine have returned positive at day 6 testing. More positive results are expected from this group.
Anyone who was at the Malt pub in Greenhithe, Auckland, which is linked to a case, people are advised to stay home and get a test if they develop symptoms.
“Please isolate and get tested,” said Dr Ashley Bloomfield.
Very few people scanned into the app on Friday night.
“It’s really useful if people use it. And so people do the scan in where ever you are this weekend. The more we scan, the safer we will be, the faster we will respond, the faster we will stop the virus spreading. Time is our friend here,” said Dr Ashley Bloomfield.
Dr Bloomfield thanked the media yesterday for the role they played in getting the message out to people at the pub last Friday.
On top of the Auckland marine cluster, a member of the media went to the house twice of someone deemed a close contact of the initial case. The media employee was deemed a contact.
“The media rep went to the door and spoke to the family member who was at that time a close contact which meant there is a potential, that person from the media could be infected by the virus. The person who was at that house was self-isolating, and when they came to the door, they expected health officials to be there,” said Dr Ashley Bloomfield.
“Our information suggests that the media employee was contacted, and as a result of their actions, they may need to be placed into isolation and be tested. I’m pleased to say that we have reviewed the security footage from the house and established that there was a distance of at least 5 meters between the media rep and the close contact who was in that house.
“So thankfully, this does mean there is very little risk of transmission, and the employee of the media was not at risk however we are also aware that media have repeatedly been contacting one of our cases and that person now has actually stopped answering their phone. They are in an isolation facility, but this could potentially slow down our public health response.”
Chris Hipkins says that over the next 72 hours there will be a ‘very intensive’ campaign to encourage people to use the QR code and really pushing out the message of the need to being prepared.
“My message to everybody is, the more we prepare the less we’re going to need to respond,” Hipkins said.
The total number of active COVID-19 cases is currently 66.
The total confirmed COVID-19 cases remain at 1,567. This is the number that the Ministry of Health reports to the World Health Organisation.
There is no one in the hospital with COVID-19 in New Zealand.
Laboratories yesterday processed 6,053 tests, bringing the total number of tests processed to date to 1,054,047.
There are now 2,315,000 users registered on NZ COVID Tracer app.
The app has recorded a total of 96,797,403 poster scans, and users have created 4,055,531 manual diary entries.
More to come soon.
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