Ministry of Health reports 21 positive Covid-19 community cases, 3 in managed isolation

Ministry of Health reports 21 positive Covid-19 community cases, 3 in managed isolation

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Twenty-one new cases of Covid-19 have been reported today in the community while three were reported in managed isolation.

The total number of active cases in New Zealand is 93. Total confirmed cases are 2,636 since the start of the pandemic in the country.

Of the 21 new cases, 18 are in Auckland and three are in Wellington. One reported yesterday has been included in the numbers reported today.

The total number of community cases is now reported to be at six for Wellington.

There are 51 cases linked to being part of the community outbreak — 32 are linked to other community cases identified in the outbreak.

All cases have or are being transferred safely to a managed isolation facility, under strict infection prevention and control procedures. Use of full PPE gear has been applied.

“Investigations are continuing to determine whether and how the remaining 19 cases are linked to the outbreak. We will continue to release this information and new locations of interest as it becomes available,” a statement from the Ministry of Health says.

“Public health interviews with the cases are continuing. One of the new Wellington cases is a household contact of the previously reported case-based in Johnsonville. At this stage, interviews have determined this person’s locations of interest are the same as those for the case we reported yesterday.”

“Another of the cases flew from Auckland to Wellington on Thursday and has reported no locations of interest in Wellington.  The flight is a location of interest, and details are on the Ministry of Health website.”

Whole-genome sequencing samples are continuing to be undertaken to support further investigations and current ones. 29 so far have been completed, including the 3 reported in Wellington. They were all linked to Auckland's cluster.

New cases in MIQ:
Case one arrived on August 11from the United Arab Emiratestested positive on day 8 routine testing and is staying in an Auckland quarantine facility (in a travel bubble with a case)
A second case arrived on August 13from Serbia and Montenegro via the United Arab Emiratestested positive on day 8 routine testing and is staying in an Auckland quarantine facility (was with a family travel bubble)
The third reported case arrived on August 16from the United States of Americatested positive on day 8 routine testing and is staying in an Auckland quarantine facility

Testing numbers:
Laboratories have processed a total of 2,653,699 tests to date.

Yesterday, 41,464 were processed, while the seven-day rolling average up to yesterday is 14,228.

Testing in Auckland increased by more than 50 percent with over 24,000 community tests undertaken. More than 8,000 were taken at community testing centres and around 16,000 at general practice and urgent care clinics.

“Primary care in Auckland has now taken over one million swabs since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic in 2020. This is on top of all their other work and we want to sincerely thank primary care for their hard work and exceptional contribution to our testing response.” a statement from the Ministry says.

“The Ministry also thanks to everyone for playing their part in complying with Alert Level 4, in getting a test and for their patience at sites while there is high demand. And of course, huge thanks to the testing staff for stepping up yet again.

“These staff are working at the pace at the frontline of our COVID-19 response, in high-stress environments, and making personal sacrifices to keep our communities safe.”

For up-to-date information on all testing locations around the country, go to the healthpoint website.

COVID Tracer statistics:
On the NZ COVID Tracer app, 2,982,119 users are now registered, recording a total of 326,947,444 poster scans.

There have been 13,574,907 manual diary entries done so far.

In the last 24 hours to midday yesterday, 554,019 scans were processed.

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