Three of 13 new cases traveled through Dunedin or Queenstown

The Ministry of Health has released the travel details of most of the 13 new cases today and three of the cases have traveled through Dunedin or Queenstown, including one cruise ship passenger.

It was announced this morning New Zealand now has 52 confirmed cases of Covid-19.

The Ministry earlier said there were 14 new cases, but since corrected it to 13 cases after realising one of the new cases had been double counted.

There were no new cases in the far South, but three of cases traveled through Otago.

  • An Auckland case (a man in his 70s) who travelled from Dunedin to Auckland on March 16 – flight NZ674.
  • An Auckland case (a man in his 60s) who was a cruise ship passenger, who travelled from Dunedin to Auckland on March 15 – flight NZ670.
  • A Manawatu case (a man in his 40s, who travelled from Queenstown to Christchurch on March 13 – flight NZ642 -  and then from Christchurch to Palmerston North on the same day – flight details unclear.

The new cases include two which have no link to overseas travel.

"At this point, we cannot rule out a risk of community transmission in these [two] cases," said Director-General of Health Ashley Bloomfield this morning.

Photo: ODT files
Two of the new cases had traveled from Dunedin airport. Photo: ODT files

"We always knew that cases not linked to travel could happen and we are prepared for that," he said.

A further 13 positive tests were confirmed in the last 24 hours, the biggest jump in cases in a single day so far.

In all, 1500 tests were processed in that period, Bloomfield said.

Of the confirmed cases, three people were in hospital and in a stable condition.

The new cases are in Auckland, Waikato, Manawatu, Taupo, Wellington, and Nelson.

Of the cases not linked to travel, one was in Auckland and one in Wairarapa.

Here are the travel details of the new cases:

52: Auckland 50s Female Under investigation
51: Nelson 20s Female Travel related, however international flights outside of infectious period.
Domestic flights: Auckland to Nelson on 16 March – flight 5065
50: Nelson 60s Female Under investigation
49: Manawatu 20s Female Doha to Auckland on 14 March – flight QR0920
Auckland to Palmerston North on 16 March – flight NZ5107
48: Manawatu 40s Male Travel related. Queenstown to Christchurch on 13 March – flight NZ642
Christchurch to Palmerston North on 13 March – flight details unclear
47: Taupo 50s Male Dubai to Auckland on 10 March – flight EK0448
46: Auckland 70s Male Dunedin to Auckland on 16 March – flight NZ674
45: Wellington 30s Female Dubai to Auckland on 12 March – flight EK44
Auckland to Wellington on 12 March – flight NZ433
44: Wellington 50s Male Travel related, however international flights outside of infectious period.
Domestic flights:
Auckland to Wellington on 8 March – flight NZ449
Wellington to Hamilton on 12 March – flight NZ5810
Hamilton to Wellington on 13 March – flight NZ5823.
43: Wellington 50s Male Sydney to Wellington on 14 March – flight QF161.
42: Waikato 60s Female Singapore to Auckland on 13 March – flight SQ0285.
41: Auckland 60s Male Cruise ship travel. Domestic flights – Dunedin to Auckland on 15 March – flight NZ670.
40: Wellington Region 50s Male Travel related, however flights outside of infectious period. 

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