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Two new cases of COVID-19 at the border

Two new cases of COVID-19 at the border

Posted July 29, 2020

Media Release: Ministry of Health

There are two new cases of COVID-19 in managed isolation in New Zealand today.

It has been 89 days since the last case of COVID-19 was acquired locally from an unknown source.

Today’s first case is a man in his 50’s who arrived in New Zealand on 14 July from Afghanistan via Dubai. The positive test was from day 12 testing. He has been transferred to an Auckland quarantine facility.

Today’s second case is a man aged in his 40’s who arrived in New Zealand on 27 July from the Philippines, via Hong Kong. He was taken straight to an Auckland quarantine facility as he was symptomatic on arrival. The positive test was from a test on arrival.

There are no recovered cases to report today, meaning the number of active cases in New Zealand is 23.

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

Our total number of confirmed cases of COVID-19 is now 1209, which is the number reported to the World Health Organization.

Yesterday, laboratories completed 2,733 tests, of which 2,481 were in the community, and 252 were in managed isolation and quarantine facilities.

That brings the total number of tests completed to date 460,067.

COVID-19 case in South Korea

An information exchange with counterparts over the traveller who recently tested positive upon arrival in South Korea continues.

To date, there is no evidence of any transmission in New Zealand involving this case.

The Auckland household contacts of this individual have all returned negative results, reinforcing the current low risk of this case to New Zealand.

Contact tracing of passengers on a domestic flight this person was on from Auckland to Christchurch and other possible close contacts continues.

All related tests undertaken to date have returned a negative result, including tests results from border staff at Christchurch airport. Further testing is underway.

Those identified as close contacts within the 48 hours before the case had their positive test are being asked to self-isolate for the balance of their 14 days. Any casual contacts do not need to self-isolate but are being asked to be tested if they develop symptoms consistent with COVID-19 over the 14 day period.

The Ministry of Health is also continuing to follow up on the individual’s movements while they were in New Zealand.

It’s also an important reminder to members of the public about continuing to record their movements and to have up to date contacts available for public health officials to find you, if this needs to happen rapidly.

The Ministry is very appreciative of the communication from this individual and their close contacts who have been particularly mindful of recording their movements and making them available to us.

They also appreciate the cooperation of their counterparts in South Korea in providing information, particularly from their public health interviews with the traveller.

Anyone concerned about their health as a result of this update can call Healthline on 0800 358 5453.