Covid-19 coronavirus: Ministry of Health update on latest cases

Covid-19 coronavirus: Ministry of Health update on latest cases

The Ministry of Health is set to update New Zealand on the latest number of Covid-19 cases at 1pm today.

It comes before Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern will tomorrow announce whether Auckland is ready to return to alert level 1. Any decision won’t come into force until Wednesday, she said.

Yesterday, one new case of Covid-19 in managed isolation was reported.

There were no new community cases to report.

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The person who tested positive yesterday arrived in New Zealand on October 1 from England via Hong Kong. They have been transferred to the Auckland quarantine facility.

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As of yesterday, the total number of confirmed cases in New Zealand since the pandemic began is 1493.

This morning, Ardern said the country had been tracking as expected but she would not speculate about tomorrow’s decision.

“Any decision that is made won’t come into force until Wednesday that’s because we need to give notice about the rule changes.”

Yesterday it was announced three previously reported cases were considered to have recovered, bringing our total number of active cases to 41.

Of those, 33 are imported cases in managed isolation facilities, and eight are community cases.

There was no one in hospital with Covid-19 in New Zealand yesterday.

On Friday, New Zealand laboratories processed 5728 tests, bringing the total number of tests completed to date to 976,369.

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Yesterday the ministry made a plea for vigilance as school holidays continued and early voting started.

People should scan into their voting places with the NZ Covid Tracer app, use the provided hand sanitiser before going in and out of the voting place, bring their own pen to mark the voting paper, and keep social distance from strangers in the voting place, “even at alert level 1”.

Published at Sat, 03 Oct 2020 23:56:34 +0000

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