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6 new cases of COVID-19

6 new cases of COVID-19

Posted September 08, 2020

Media Release: Ministry of Health

There are six new cases of COVID-19 to report in New Zealand today.

Two are imported cases detected in MIQ facilities. One is a man in his 20s who arrived from the Philippines on September 3 and was at a managed isolation facility when he tested positive on day 3 of his stay.

The second case is a female in her late teens who arrived on the same flight from the Philippines and also tested positive on day 3.

There are four new cases in the community, all linked to the Mt Roskill Evangelical Fellowship Church group within the Auckland August cluster. Auckland Regional Public Health is actively tracing and testing their contacts.

Since August 11, the contact tracing team has identified 3,274 close contacts of cases, of which 3,228 have been contacted and are self-isolating, and health officials are in the process of contacting the rest.

There are 69 people linked to the community cluster who remain in the Auckland quarantine facility, which includes 52 people who have tested positive for COVID-19 and their household contacts.

Today there are four people in hospital with COVID-19 – two are stable and in isolation on wards - one in Middlemore and one in North Shore hospitals. Two are in ICU, at North Shore and Waikato hospitals.

With today’s six new cases and one additional recovered case, our total number of active cases is 123. Of those, 43 are imported cases in MIQ facilities, and 80 are community cases.

The total number of confirmed cases of COVID-19 is now 1,431, which is the number reported to the World Health Organization.

Yesterday, laboratories processed 4,525 tests for COVID-19, bringing the total number of tests completed to date to 823,154.

Border and Managed Isolation and Quarantine Facility workers

The Ministry of Health acknowledges frontline workers who’re continuing to work hard to deliver important services for New Zealand.

At ports, borders and elsewhere, the nature of this work can mean staff will be required to undergo regular COVID-19 tests.

The Ministry of Health thank these workers and their employers for their willingness to participate in a testing process that’s helping keep all New Zealanders safe from COVID-19.