2 new cases of COVID-19 in managed isolation
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Posted November 19, 2020
Media Release: Ministry of Health
There are two new cases of COVID-19 to report in New Zealand today, both detected in recent returnees in managed isolation. There are no new community cases.
Of these recent returnees:
One person arrived from Moscow (via London, Qatar and Brisbane) on 14 November and the other arrived from Dubai on 14 November.
There are 37 active cases of COVID-19 in New Zealand. A large number of cases have recovered this week, with 29 recoveries to announce today.
The total number of confirmed cases is now 1,654.
Yesterday, laboratories processed 8,665 tests for COVID-19, bringing the total number of tests completed to date to 1,208,091.
November quarantine cluster
Auckland Regional Public Health Service continues to follow up contacts from existing cases that are part of this cluster.
All 23 close contacts of Case A have now returned negative day 12 tests and all occupants of Case A’s apartment (the Waldorf Apartments) have returned negative day 12 tests.
The genome sequencing has shown that Cases A, B, C, D and E are all part of the same outbreak.
Yesterday, wide testing around these known cases allowed health officials to have greater confidence that there are not possible undetected links in the chain of transmission.
To provide further reassurance, they continue to encourage anyone who visited a location of interest during the relevant time period to get tested – to ensure they can quickly identify anyone who may have been infected.
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 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.