No new cases of COVID-19
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Posted August 10, 2020
Media Release: Ministry of Health
There are no new cases of COVID-19 to report in New Zealand today.
It has been 101 days since the last case of COVID-19 was acquired locally from an unknown source.
Two additional cases are reported as having recovered, so there are now 21 active cases of COVID-19 in managed isolation facilities.
New Zealand’s total number of confirmed cases of COVID-19 remains at 1,219.
There is no one currently requiring hospital-level care for COVID-19.
Yesterday, laboratories processed 2,125 tests, bringing the total number of tests completed to date to 496,606. There were 1,134 swabs taken in managed isolation and quarantine facilities yesterday.
TestingThe number of tests yesterday was encouraging for a Sunday.
We’ve now passed 100 days without community transmission, but testing remains one of the best ways to ensure there’s no undetected community transmission in New Zealand.
While COVID-19 continues around the world, New Zealand cannot be complacent.
Our response to COVID-19 works on the basis that we should be prepared for a case of community transmission, and that that could happen at any time.
The Ministry says we have prepared for this eventuality by, among other things, scaling up our capacity in testing and contact tracing, and every New Zealander needs to be prepared for the virus to re-emerge.
MasksIt is recommend households add masks to their earthquake emergency kits, as part of New Zealand’s ongoing response to COVID-19.
There has been concern around supply issues, but people are urged to take the same approach as shopping for groceries during Alert Level 4 – shop normally and there will sufficient masks for everyone.