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There are three new cases of COVID-19 to report today in New Zealand. There is also a historic imported case bringing today’s total to three. The new cases are reported all-in managed isolation. There are no new cases in the community today.
Of the three new cases, one arrived from Ireland via Dubai on September 29. The person has been in managed isolation at the Sudima in Rotorua; testing positive after developing symptoms of COVID-19. This individual was transferred to Auckland’s quarantine facility.
The second case arrived from Hong Kong on October 3. This person was staying in isolation at the Holiday Inn in Auckland. This individual was transferred to Auckland’s quarantine facility.
The third case was a ‘historic case’ that is regarded as an old infection. They arrived in New Zealand from India on August 27 and returned a negative test on day 3 and 12 of their stay. For the safety of the public, the Ministry of Health has said the person is no longer infectious.
The third case completed isolation on September 11, as part of a follow up to the Christchurch returnee cases. The person was retested and returned a weakly positive result.
The total number of active COVID-19 cases is currently 39 – which are all imported cases. There are no active community cases.
There is one person that remains in hospital for COVID-19 at Middlemore hospital today.
The three new cases bring a total number of confirmed COVID-19 cases to 1,508. This is the number that the Ministry of Health reports to the World Health Organisation.
The Ministry of Health has said that there is close to a milestone of one million tests since testing began at the end of January this year.
“As part of assurance around this figure, we have double-checked our data and identified some duplicate counts – about 1% of total tests. This duplication came about where a test was reported on a day, then as part of ongoing quality assurance was updated on a subsequent day, meaning a small number of tests were counted twice.”
Laboratories yesterday processed 6,152 tests, since the new results after duplicates, the revised number of total tests processed to date is at 986,544.
There are currently 2,300,400 users registered on NZ COVID Tracer App.
The App has recorded a total of 86,853,821 poster scans so far.
Users have created 3,676,198 manual diary entries in the App.
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