One new case of COVID-19 in isolation

There is one new case of COVID-19 in New Zealand today.

Director-General of Health Ashley Bloomfield says the new case is a woman in her 60s, who is in managed isolation at the Pullman Hotel in Auckland.

She arrived in New Zealand on a reparation flight from India. Since returning the positive test, she has been transferred to the Jet Park hotel quarantine facility.

Ashley says yesterday was the highest day of testing. They completed 9174 tests.

He says there have been more than 20,000 people going through the managed isolation facilities, and there is no evidence of spread into the community.

There have been 45,000 tests completed since June 16.

Ashley reiterated people now departing isolation facilities must return a negative test before being released.

Ministry of Health deputy chief executive Keriana Brooking addressed the media on the 55 people who were granted compassionate exemption from isolation.

It was revealed yesterday that 51 out of 55 of these people were not tested before leaving isolation.

Keriana says 34 people of the 55 were granted an exemption to attend a funeral of a family member or to grieve with the family.

These people returned to their managed isolation facility, or to self-isolate in an agreed location.

There were 16 applications granted to isolate with a family member who was close to dying.

Four applications were granted day visits to see a family that was close to dying. These people returned to managed isolation facilities at the end of the day.

One person was granted an exemption because of a terminal medical condition.

Keriana says all these people signed a health release requiring them to follow strict hygiene protocols.

This included undertaking a test at a CBAC, wearing PPE including gloves and masks when spending time with the family member that is dying, regularly washing hands, coughing or sneezing into elbows and not going to shops or petrol stations.

-Additional reporting RNZ 

Earlier: Director-General of Health Dr Ashley Bloomfield will provide a COVID-19 update at 1.30pm.

There were two new cases of COVID-19 in New Zealand yesterday. 

Ashley says both of the people are in managed isolation at Jet Park Hotel in Auckland.

The first is a man in his 20s who arrived on June 19 from India.

He was in managed isolation at the Pullman before being transferred to Jet Park Hotel.

The second is also man in his 20s who arrived from Los Angeles USA on June 18. He has been at the Jet Park Hotel since his arrival.

Ashley says both cases were picked up in routine testing at day three after their arrival.

One of the cases in Wellington is now recovered, he says.

To be considered recovered a person must be asymptomatic for 48 hours and return a negative test, says Ashley.

The number of active cases in the country is 10 and the total number of confirmed cases in 1165.

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This is a nightmare

Posted on 25-06-2020 17:38 | By

Im am in total shock of what is happening in this country after such a Strict and successful effort that was put in place to get to freedom again with 0 positive cases for the virus, and looked on around the world with envy for doing everything right to the total mess and embarrassment we are today as a country. I cannot understand how we could go from one extreme to another. There has to be testing and labs set up in every single international airport in the world in the world and every passenger must be tested and pass before they can board a plane overseas. Then they must have this repeated upon arriving before being allowed to leave the airport for a 2 week quarantine & then tested twice more before being released.

Why shut down a country and its economy ,only to not test the highest risks?

Posted on 25-06-2020 12:35 | By

Everyone go back to sleep for a month... kiwis come home! Jacinta please look after our own across the board. And maybe test everyone travelling into nz since its airborne.. and caught mostly on flights

What testing?

Posted on 25-06-2020 12:30 | By

My son recently completed his 14days quarnteeb in Auckland after a long awful time trying to get him back from London. He lost his job soon after covid 19 hit, and lived out his savings trying to get out of london..airfares skyrocketed and kiwis wernt high up on the importance scale. He was isolated as well as in isolation on an ongoing lockdown, after londons Londons primeministers series of wrong decisions. 17 days ago my son flew 52 hours back to auckland. Was put straight in quarantine. During this time he was not tested, 3 days before he was due to be released his pleads which grew to demands to be tested were finally complied to, he didnt want to leave if there was a chance he had this all or nothing pandemic covid 19. He is clear of covid...but he had to demand a test.

No confidence

Posted on 24-06-2020 18:30 | By First Responder

I personally have no confidence in Ashley Bloomfield. Salary of $528,000.00, struggles to find acurate figures, people let out with no testing. NZ expects better. David Clarke, have you got a spare bike. I suggest you both get on your bikes, and Jacinda Ardern, instead of getting the military in, i suggest you get the National party in, and get the job done properly.