First new case of COVID-19 in four days

There were 7174 laboratory tests processed yesterday, which brings the total number of tests completed to 216,787. Photo: Daniel Hines/SunLive.

New Zealand has recorded one new confirmed case of COVID-19, after three days in a row of no cases.

The Ministry of Health says the total number of confirmed and probable cases in New Zealand has risen to 1498, of which, 1148 are confirmed.

Today's confirmed case is linked to the Marist cluster in Auckland and was identified through recent follow-up testing of the school community.

In a statement released this afternoon, the Ministry says the person who tested positive first had symptoms nearly two months ago and had a previous negative test.

The result is considered a 'weak positive' and the person, who has been in isolation through the lockdown period, is not considered infectious now.

There have been no additional deaths.

The Ministry says 1421 people have recovered from the coronavirus, up 10 on yesterday. This is 95 percent of all confirmed and probable cases.

There are now just 56 active cases across the country.

Two people are receiving hospital care - one each in Auckland and Middlemore hospitals. Neither are in ICU.

There were 7174 laboratory tests processed yesterday, which brings the total number of tests completed to 216,787.

Level 2

The Director-General of Health says today’s confirmed case reinforces the 'long tail' of the COVID-19 outbreak in New Zealand.

"While we do not consider this case to be infectious, it does demonstrate once again that we must stay vigilant. COVID-19 will continue to linger, so we need to keep consistently doing the things which will help keep all New Zealanders safe and allow us to continue to relax restrictions,” says Ashley Bloomfield.

“Heading into this first weekend of Level 2, here’s what we all have to do:  

  •   •  most importantly - if you’re sick, stay home. Don’t go to work or school. Don’t socialise

  •   •  keep your distance from other people when you’re out in public, including on transport

  •   •  if you have symptoms of cold or flu call your doctor or Healthline immediately and get tested

  •   •  good hand hygiene will continue to be a simple and effective tool to keep COVID-19 at bay

  •   •  keep your social gatherings to a maximum of 10 people at once

  •   •  keep track of where you’ve been and who you’ve seen to help with contact tracing if we need it.

“Stay healthy and stay safe New Zealand.

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