Covid update here and around the globe

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A family member of a port worker with Covid-19 was among nine new cases of the disease reported by health officials on Friday.

The other eight cases were in managed isolation facilities. Seven of them were part of a fishing crew from Russia and Ukraine.

That took the total number of overseas fishermen with positive tests in managed isolation at Christchurch Sudima Hotel to 25.

The hotel is being used exclusively by Russian and Ukrainian fisherman, who arrived on a charter flight paid for by three major fishing companies.

The community case reported on Friday is a household contact connected to the marine employee cluster, and was already in self isolation.

The person is a staff member at Westpac New Zealand’s head office in central Auckland, who had not been in the office since last Friday.

All workers at an Auckland pub who were considered to be close contacts of a person with Covid-19 who visited the venue last Friday have tested negative for the disease.

The infected person who went to the pub is a colleague of the port worker confirmed to have the virus.

As well as the pub, the three people in the Auckland community who have contracted Covid-19 visited a gym and a boat shop before they tested positive.

Some of their contacts also attended two schools, Massey Primary and Rangitoto College, after being exposed to the cases while they may have been infectious.

The infected person who went to the gym, Snap Fitness Browns Bay, took part in a boot camp at the nearby beach, and the 10 other people involved are considered close contacts. They need to be tested and to self-isolate for 14 days.

Anyone else who was at the gym last Saturday after 10.30am is considered a casual contact and needs to get tested and self-isolate until receiving a negative result.

Use of the Government’s Covid-19 tracer app has dropped to the lowest it has been since before Auckland’s August outbreak, which experts say could hinder efforts to break the chain of transmission in the event of a wider outbreak.

Director-General of Health Dr Ashley Bloomfield has urged New Zealanders to use the app wherever they go, no matter the alert level.

Global toll

The number of confirmed cases of Covid-19 worldwide was approaching 42 million on Saturday morning, with 1.14m deaths.

The United States has 8.46m cases of the virus, with 223,602 deaths, according to Johns Hopkins University.

India had the second-highest number of confirmed cases, at 7.76m, and the third-highest number of deaths attributed to the disease with 117,306.

Brazil had the third-highest number of confirmed cases, at 5.32m, with 155,900 deaths.

What should I do?

Anyone who wants to get tested can find their local testing centres by visiting the Ministry of Health website.

New Zealand, including Auckland, is at Covid-19 alert level 1.

Face masks are not required at alert level 1, but their use is still encouraged.

If you are sick, call your GP before you visit, or call Healthline on 0800 358 5453.

To avoid contracting and spreading the virus, wash your hands properly, cough and sneeze into the crook of your elbow and throw tissues away immediately.

Reach out, find support from people who care, and connect with your community.

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