Covid-19: One new community case, one imported

Photo: Getty Images
Photo: Getty Images
There are two new cases of Covid-19 in New Zealand today, the Ministry of Health says.

The first case is a recent returnee in a managed isolation facility and the second is a community case, the source of which is being investigated.

There are 50 people linked to the Auckland community cluster who remain at the Jet Park quarantine facility, including 20 people who have tested positive for coronavirus as well as their household contacts.

Four people are in hospital with Covid-19 - one each at Auckland City and North Shore hospitals and two in Middlemore. All four patients are in isolation on a general ward.

Since August 12 this year, 3918 people have been identified as close contacts of cases, of which 3912 have been contacted and are self-isolating. The Ministry of Health is in the process of contacting the rest.

There are five recovered cases to report, bringing the total number of active cases to 67. Of those, 34 are imported cases in MIQ facilities, and 33 are community cases.

The total number of confirmed cases of Covid-19 now stands at 1460.  Twenty-five people in New Zealand have died of the virus which has spread around the world this year, infecting 30 million and killing almost 950,000.

Yesterday Ministry of Health laboratories processed 8359 tests, bringing the total number of tests completed to date to 905,436.

Friday marked four days since there was a case of community transmission of the virus, which returned to New Zealand with the Auckland cluster last month.

There are now 2,235,600 users registered on NZ Covid Tracer. The app has recorded a total of 64,626,993 poster scans, and users have created 3,035,580 manual diary entries.

The New Zealand Herald revealed this morning that almost 100 healthcare workers were infected with Covid-19 while they were doing their jobs during the first outbreak - equating to 10% of all local cases.

Health unions say workplaces failed to keep staff safe and want a WorkSafe investigation. They are also frustrated with the lack of detailed information about how workers were infected with the deadly virus saying "it isn't good enough" it hasn't been publicly reported.

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