Another day of zero Covid-19 cases

Dr Ashley Bloomfield speaks at a Covid-19 press conference at Parliament. Photo: Getty Images
Dr Ashley Bloomfield speaks at a Covid-19 press conference at Parliament. Photo: Getty Images
New Zealand has again recorded no new Covid-19 cases.

The Ministry of Health issued today's update in a press release and there won't be a press conference with director general of health Ashley Bloomfield today.

In the release the Ministry said the total number of confirmed cases of Covid-19 remained at 1,154, which is the number reported to the World Health Organization.

The combined total of confirmed and probable cases remains at 1,504.

There was no change to the number of recovered cases which remain at 1,456. This represents 97% of all confirmed and probable cases.

There were no additional deaths to report.

There remained one person receiving hospital-level care for Covid-19; they are in Middlemore and are not in ICU.

Yesterday its laboratories completed 2163 tests, bringing the total number of tests completed to date to 261,315.

Bloomfield visits quarantine facility

Bloomfield visited Auckland's quarantine and managed isolation facilities on Friday and met with 300 workers.

Anyone arriving in New Zealand must spend at least 14 days in managed isolation or quarantine.

The 10,000th passenger entered the facilities at the weekend on a flight from Melbourne.

At any one time, more than 2000 people are in hotels being used for isolation or quarantine in Auckland.

So far about 8000 people have completed their stay in Auckland or Christchurch and have returned home.

Bloomfield said protecting the border was a "critical" part of the Government's strategy to eliminate Covid-19, especially now that domestic cases are at such low levels.

"We don't want to put the progress we have made in jeopardy and we know international arrivals continue to be a potential source of new cases.

"It was important to me to be satisfied that guests are being appropriately supported and that health requirements are being met."

NZ Covid Tracer app

The NZ COVID Tracer app had now recorded 380,000 registrations – an increase of 17,000 since 5pm on Sunday.

"We continue to encourage as many people as possible to download the app – it will help us identify, trace, test and isolate any cases of Covid-19."

The Ministry was "very supportive" of the work done by businesses to get their unique QR codes up and running, with 13,600 posters having been created as of midday.

"If people are having issues with the app, we want to know so we can get the problems fixed."

Yesterday there was also no new cases with just two cases total last week.

And one more person was reported as being recovered from the coronavirus, taking the total number of active cases down to just 27.

One person was in hospital in Middlemore and was not in an intensive care unit.

About 354,000 people had registered for the Covid Tracer app and the Ministry continued to encourage Kiwis to download it, saying it would help it identify, trace, test and isolate any cases.

 

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