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1 new case of COVID-19

1 new case of COVID-19

Posted July 16, 2020
Health

Media Release: Ministry of Health

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

It has been 76 days since the last case of COVID-19 was acquired locally from an unknown source.

Today’s case is the child of two people previously reported as having COVID-19. They arrived in New Zealand from Italy on July 4. The family is in quarantine at the Commodore Hotel in Christchurch.

One previously reported case is now considered to have recovered, so the number of active cases of COVID-19 in New Zealand remains at 27.

The total number of confirmed cases is now 1,198, which is the number we report to the World Health Organization.

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

Yesterday, laboratories completed 2,899 tests, and 726 of those were taken at managed isolation or quarantine facilities. That brings the total number of tests completed to date to 436,233.

Testing
The Ministry has seen reports on social media that some people are concerned about being charged for COVID-19 tests and want to reiterate that there is no cost for an individual to be tested for COVID-19.

The Ministry of Health has negotiated an agreement with DHBs covering the costs of the diagnostic tests.

Anyone wanting advice on where to go to be tested, other than their own GP practice, can contact Healthline or their DHB.