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There is one new case of COVID-19 to report in managed isolation today. There are no cases to report in the community.
The new case is a member of the Christchurch-based international mariners’ group who tested positive. They were a close contact of a previously reported case from the same group of mariners who tested positive during day 6 and as such, they were already closely monitored.
On the topic of the international mariners in the Christchurch managed isolation hotel, the positive case reported today was a close contact of an existing case. It gives the Ministry of Health confidence that the standard practice for managing cases and contacts within managed isolation.
By extending the isolation period for the international mariners, it was the right approach.
Genome sequencing, carried out in Queensland, of one of the COVID-19 positive crew members of the Sofrana Surville ship, has returned the genome subtype as three recent cases from the Auckland maritime company form whom we have genome sequencing.
The Brisbane sequence was one mutation earlier than the genomes sequences from New Zealand’s positive cases.
“This supports our view that the index case in this group was infected by onboard exposure to new crew members who joined the Sofrana Surville in Auckland. We continue to investigate the exact circumstances where the infection might have occurred to inform any changes to protocols designed to keep workers and our communities safe,” said the Ministry of Health.
Three other cases have recovered, which brings the total number of active COVID-19 cases to 68.
The total confirmed COVID-19 cases remain at 1,594. 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 7,472 tests, bringing the total number of tests processed to date to 1,090,702.
There are now 2,333,600 users registered on NZ COVID Tracer app.
The app has recorded a total of 102,697,098 poster scans and a total of 4,301,876 manual diary entries.
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