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18 COVID-19 cases in 2 days in managed isolation

18 COVID-19 cases in 2 days in managed isolation

Posted January 15, 2021

Media Release: Ministry of Health

There are 18 new cases of COVID-19 to report in managed isolation in New Zealand since our last media statement on Wednesday. Two of these cases are classified as historical and deemed not infectious.

There are no new cases in the community.

One case from South Africa who was in a travel bubble of a previously confirmed case reported on December 31 has tested positive on day 18. They arrived from South Africa via the United Arab Emirates on December 26 and have been in Auckland’s Jet Park quarantine facility since the contact case was first detected.

The other positive cases arrived from a variety of countries including Russia, United Kingdom, India, Malaysia, South Africa, Italy, Bahrain, the the US, and the United Arab Emirates.

Two more of the international mariners who arrived in Christchurch on January 6 have tested positive. There are now 19 positive Covid cases identified in this group with nine historical and 10 active cases.

Four cases have now recovered, bringing the total number of active cases in New Zealand to 76. The total number of confirmed cases is 1,890.

The total number of tests processed by laboratories to date is 1,457,076.

On Wednesday 4,519 tests were processed and yesterday there were 4,358 tests processed.

The seven-day rolling average up to yesterday is 3,653 tests processed.

Over the summer break the Ministry of Health continues to encourage people with any COVID-19 symptoms to get assessed for testing by contacting their doctor or calling Healthline. Healthline is free and available 24/7. Medical professionals are best placed to assess whether a test is needed.