Covid-19: Three new cases all in managed isolation
There are three new cases of COVID-19 to report in managed isolation in New Zealand today. There are no new community cases.
Of the three cases, the first case arrived in New Zealand on December 7 from the United States, testing positive during routine testing around day 5 and have been transferred to the Auckland quarantine facility.
The second case arrived in New Zealand on November 30 from the United States. They tested positive during routine testing around day 12 and have been transferred to the Auckland quarantine facility.
The third case arrived in New Zealand from the UK on December 10 and tested positive on arrival and has also been been transferred to the Auckland quarantine facility.
One previously reported case has now recovered, so the total number of active cases in New Zealand is 56.
The total number of confirmed NZ cases is 1,740.
Yesterday NZ laboratories processed 4,245 tests for COVID-19, bringing the total number of tests completed to date to 1,341,978.
Air New Zealand crew member
The source investigation continues into the positive COVID-19 case in an Air New Zealand crew member, which was reported yesterday.
The crew member arrived in New Zealand on December 9, on a flight from the United States of America.
This person tested positive as part of compulsory testing required within 48 hours of operating to the United States of America.
The person who tested positive was transferred to the Auckland quarantine facility yesterday.
Air New Zealand has assured the Ministry that based on information to date, this aircrew member has been compliant with all requirements in place for aircrew operating to and from the USA.
Genome sequencing is yet to be finalised, however preliminary results show the genome is not closely matched to any New Zealand cases that have been sequenced, and comparison with international samples suggests it originated in the United States.
All other air crew on the flight have so far returned negative test results and will remain in isolation.
NZ COVID Tracer
NZ COVID Tracer now has 2,405,000 registered users.
Poster scans have reached 137,721,476 and users have created 5,547,165 manual diary entries.