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1 case of COVID-19

1 case of COVID-19

Posted July 14, 2020

Media Release: Ministry of Health

Today there is one new case of COVID-19 to report in managed isolation in New Zealand.

It has been 74 days since the last case of COVID-19 was acquired locally from an unknown source.

Today’s case is a woman in her 60s who arrived in New Zealand on June 30 from Pakistan via Doha and Sydney.

She has been in managed isolation at the Novotel in Christchurch, and tested negative at her first test around day 3 of her stay, then tested positive around day 12 of her stay in isolation.

Today’s case emphasises why we test people twice during their time in managed isolation.

The second test around day 12 is needed because the infection may take longer to develop in some people, and is one of the checks used to find out if a person can leave managed isolation.

This case brings the total number of confirmed cases to 1,195, which is the number reported to the World Health Organization.

One previously reported case is now considered to have recovered from COVID-19, so the total number of active cases in New Zealand remains at 25.

There is no one in New Zealand receiving hospital-level care for COVID-19.

Yesterday, laboratories completed 1,620 tests, which brings the total number of tests completed to date to 431,263.