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COVID-19 Update

COVID-19 Update

Posted July 26, 2021

Media Release: Ministry of Health

After COVID-19 was detected in waste water all test results currently processed for New Plymouth from Friday, Saturday and some of Sunday are negative. A total of 160 swabs were taken in New Plymouth yesterday. Around a quarter of these have been processed and returned negative results.

There remain a number of results that are pending from swabs taken yesterday that are expected later today.

A preliminary result, from an early wastewater sample taken for around two thirds of the usual 24 hour sampling time, has come back with no further COVID-19 detected. Results from wastewater samples taken over a wider area in Taranaki are expected tomorrow.

The Ministry is continuing to strongly encourage anyone in Taranaki with symptoms, or recent arrivals from Australia with or without symptoms who’ve recently visited Taranaki to be tested.

This follows two positive wastewater results detected in Taranaki late last week (20 and 22 July) which could be due to recently recovered cases continuing to shed the virus, or could signal undetected cases in the community.

In order to determine whether there are any undetected cases the Ministry is recommending anyone in Taranaki, or who has visited recently, and who has symptoms to get tested.

Additional testing capacity remains open in New Plymouth to support potential demand.

The Ministry is recommending that any recent arrivals from Australia, who have symptoms, also get tested, and anyone who has recently been in Australia who is now in Taranaki to get tested even if they don’t have symptoms.

People who have recently been in Australia should continue to check the State websites for locations of interest as new locations of interest continue to be identified.

Anyone with symptoms consistent with COVID-19 should call Healthline ( 0800 358 5453 ) for advice on getting a test.

For Taranaki testing locations please visit the Taranaki DHB website .

For a list of all testing locations nationwide visit the Healthpoint website .

Mattina Update

The ship remains in quarantine in Bluff and is inaccessible by the public. Every safety precaution has been taken to ensure the public health risk, which has been deemed low, remains that way.

Playa Zahara

The crew of the Playa Zahara are now all recovered and no one remains onshore in managed isolation.

The fishing vessel remains in quarantine at Lyttelton Port.

Viking Bay

Fourteen of the 20 crew members are now back aboard the Viking Bay, which remains in quarantine at Queens Wharf in Wellington.

Six of the crew members remain in managed isolation in Wellington.


The total number of COVID-19 tests processed by laboratories to date is 2,441,651.

On Sunday, 2,844 tests were processed across New Zealand.

The seven-day rolling average is 5,704.

For all testing locations nationwide visit the Healthpoint website

There are no cases of COVID-19 to report in the community or in managed isolation in New Zealand today.

There are three historical cases of COVID-19 to report today in recent returnees in managed isolation facilities.

Five previously reported cases have now recovered. The number of active cases in New Zealand is 54.

Since 1 January 2021, there have been 108 historical cases, out of a total of 690 cases.

The seven-day rolling average of new cases detected at the border is seven.

The total number of confirmed cases is 2,507.