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Covid-19: One new case, test numbers top 1 million

Director-General of Health Dr Ashley Bloomfield. Photo: RNZ

There has been one new case of Covid-19 reported in managed isolation today, as the number of total coronavirus tests in this country rises above 1 million.

There was no media conference held today.

In a statement, the Health Ministry said the one new case had been identified as a close contact of two earlier confirmed cases.

The Ministry also said that with 3809 tests processed in New Zealand yesterday, the total number of tests completed to date was now 1,000,764.

Director-General of Health Dr Ashley Bloomfield says reaching the million test mark was significant.

"The milestone of a million tests reflects a sustained team effort," says Dr Bloomfield.

"I want to recognise everyone who has been tested to date, and the skilled workforce carrying out this testing.

"Each one of those tests has contributed to our knowledge about the virus and its prevalence in New Zealand. To everyone who has been part of the process, I want to acknowledge and thank you for your contribution. You have made a difference."

He said testing would continue to be a cornerstone of the country's collective response to Covid-19.

The total number of confirmed cases of Covid-19 is 1515 and the total number of active cases is now 45 - all imported cases.

No one is in hospital with the coronavirus today.

There were four new cases reported in New Zealand yesterday, all in managed isolation.

If you have symptoms of the coronavirus, call the NZ Covid-19 Healthline on 0800 358 5453 (+64 9 358 5453 for international SIMs) or call your GP - don't show up at a medical centre.

 

 

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