One new Covid-19 case in MIQ

There are no new cases of Covid-19 in the community in New Zealand today but one in managed isolation.

The latest case came from the United Arab Emirates and arrived here on April 24. The person tested positive on day 12 during routine testing at an Auckland managed isolation facility.

It means there are now 26 active cases in New Zealand.

With imported cases of Covid-19 down to a trickle, focus has shifted to the current situation in New South Wales that has seen officials scrambling to work out how an infection jumped quarantine and into the community.

Yesterday evening thousands of travellers had plans disrupted after the Government paused flights from New South Wales for 48 hours as a precautionary response to two community cases in Sydney.

The Ministry of Health today said New Zealand officials remained in contact with their Australian counterparts following the confirmation of two positive cases of Covid-19 in Sydney.

The pause to the transtasman bubble is limited to flights from NSW, and began at midnight.

At this stage, the public health assessment is that the risk remains low, the ministry said.

Officials expected to provide a further update on the situation in Sydney later today.

Director general of health Dr Ashley Bloomfield said today the move to pause travel was so authorities could see what further results emerged.

Overnight New South Wales health officials added more locations of interest in relation to the Sydney Covid cases.

Covid-19 Response Minister Chris Hipkins said the risk was low, even though about 6000 people have flown into New Zealand from NSW since the Sydney cases emerged.

 

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