Covid-19 update: Four new border cases, none in community

There are four new positive cases of Covid-19 in managed isolation to report today, with one deemed historical and not infectious, the Ministry of Health said.

"There are no new cases in the community."

Contacts of the air crew member who tested positive for Covid-19 on Sunday are being advised by public health staff of the steps they need to take. This case has a limited number of contacts and is considered to have been infectious while Auckland was in Alert Level 3. Therefore, the wider public health risk is low, the MoH said.

"All test results received from the air crew have returned negative results, with one still outstanding. More than half the remaining contacts have returned negative tests and all 35 contacts from the vaccination centre have been contacted and given public health advice.

"The crew member remains in Auckland’s quarantine facility. Their household contacts have tested negative and remain in isolation at home as a precaution.

"Whole genome sequencing of the air crew member has identified the B.1.1.317 variant of the virus. Unlike other variants, including those first identified in the UK and South Africa, this variant is not currently classified as a variant of concern.

"As always, at this stage in the investigation, a range of possible infection sources are being looked into."

The total number of active cases in New Zealand is 79. The total number of confirmed cases is 2409.

The total number of tests processed by laboratories to date is 1,786,704.

On Monday, 3526 tests were processed. The seven-day rolling average up to yesterday is 9399 tests processed.







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