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3 new cases of COVID-19 in managed isolation

3 new cases of COVID-19 in managed isolation

Posted November 18, 2020

Media Release: Ministry of Health

There are three new cases of COVID-19 to report in New Zealand today, all detected in recent returnees in managed isolation. There are no new community cases.

Of the recent returnees who have tested positive for COVID-19:

- One person arrived from the United Kingdom via Dubai on 14 November

- Two people arrived from Dubai on 14 November

All three people tested positive during routine testing around day 3 of their time in managed isolation.

There are 64 active cases of COVID-19 in New Zealand.

The total number of confirmed cases is now 1,652.

Yesterday, laboratories processed 8,392 tests for COVID-19, bringing the total number of tests completed to date to 1,199,426.

November quarantine cluster

Auckland Regional Public Health Service continues to follow up contacts from existing cases that are part of this cluster, and no further positive results have come back from close contacts of known cases.

Residents at the accommodation facility that the New Zealand Defence Force is using in Auckland where Case A has been staying have all had a second test, and those have all come back negative.

The genome sequencing has shown that Cases A, B, D and E are all part of the same outbreak. Health officials are still awaiting the sequencing from Case C, who is a close contact of Case B.

Epidemiological investigations continue as to how Case D was infected.

Wide testing around these known cases allows the Ministry of Health to have greater confidence that there are not possible undetected links in the chain of transmission. Laboratories in Auckland have received more than 22,000 tests from the community since Case D came to light on Thursday, all returning negative results except for Case E, who is a close contact of Case D.

Anyone who visited a location of interest during the relevant time period is encouraged to get tested – to ensure anyone who may have been infected is quickly identified.

Anyone who develops cold or flu symptoms anywhere in the country should immediately get in touch with their health care provider or Healthline (0800 358 5453) and get a test.

The systems in place have the best chance of staying ahead of COVID-19 if everyone who becomes unwell with cold or flu like symptoms, stays at home and seeks a test quickly, and all New Zealanders are keeping track of where they have been and who they have seen.