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Nine new COVID cases in two days at the border

Twelve previously reported cases have now recovered.

There are nine cases of COVID-19 in managed isolation to report in New Zealand since the Ministry of Health's last media statement on Wednesday.

There are no new cases in the community.

"Twelve previously reported cases have now recovered. The total number of active cases in New Zealand is 73," says the MOH.

"Our total number of confirmed cases is 1920.

"The total number of tests processed by laboratories to date is 1,480,691."

On Thursday, 4305 tests were processed.

The seven-day rolling average up to yesterday is 3373 tests processed.

New border case details

Arrival date

From

Via

Positive test day/reason

Managed isolation/quarantine location

7 Jan

USA

 

Around day 12/routine testing

Christchurch

USA

 

Around day 12/routine testing

Christchurch

Note: The above two cases are part of the same family bubble.

9 Jan

United Kingdom

United Arab Emirates

Around day 11/routine testing

Auckland

10 Jan

United Kingdom

United Arab Emirates

Around day 11/routine testing

Auckland

18 Jan

USA

Hong Kong

Around day 3/routine resting

Auckland

19 Jan

United Arab Emirates

 

Around day 1/routine testing

Auckland

19 Jan

India

United Arab Emirates

Around day 0/routine testing

Auckland

19 Jan

Kazakhstan

United Arab Emirates

Around day 0/routine testing

Auckland

19 Jan

India

United Arab Emirates

Around day 0/routine testing

Auckland

One year since first COVID-19 PCR test

It has been one year since the first COVID-19 PCR test was carried out in New Zealand.

"The first test, on January 22, 2020, was processed by ESR. Almost 1.5 million tests have been carried out in the community and at the border since that time," says the MOH.

"Testing is a key component of our elimination strategy as it enables us to quickly identify COVID-19 cases.

"The rapid development of testing capability throughout New Zealand is one of the success stories underpinning the response and the sector now has surge capability to handle testing up to 25,000 samples per day."

The PCR test using a nasopharyngeal swab is considered the gold standard for COVID testing as it detects the virus the most effectively, says the MOH.

"As announced by the Minister for COVID-19 Response, border workers in quarantine facilities will now be offered voluntary daily COVID-19 saliva tests in addition to their regular weekly nasopharyngeal swab.

"The nasopharyngeal PCR test will continue to be used in the community for people who have symptoms consistent with COVID-19."

Cook Islands travel

This week the first passengers arrived in Auckland from Rarotonga as part of a one-way travel arrangement with the Cook Islands.

Passengers will only be eligible for the quarantine-free travel if they haven’t been outside the Cook Islands in the past 14 days or they haven’t had contact with a confirmed case in the past 14 days, among other requirements.

As always, the health and safety of New Zealanders and those arriving from the Cook Islands remains a priority, which means quarantine-free travellers will be kept separate from other travellers in airports and there will be additional screening of these passengers as soon as they arrive, says the MOH.

"Work continues on the possibility of quarantine-free travel from New Zealand to the Cook Islands.

"It’s important for passengers not to travel if they’re feeling ill or showing any symptoms and to remember to scan QR codes wherever they go by using the NZ COVID Tracer App, or keep a paper record if they don’t have the app."

NZ COVID Tracer

NZ COVID Tracer now has 2,456,488 registered users.

Poster scans have reached 157,181,754 and users have created 6,347,771 manual diary entries.


 

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Posted on 22-01-2021 15:55 | By

India should have been on the initial pre departure testing list (even though a pre departure test is complete boll***s). But this Government is so woke and politically correct they didn’t want to be seen as racists. It would serve them right if one slipped through between the 15th and 25th. There is probably an Indian mutation, along with the UK, South African, Brazilian, and every other country that tests for them, which is not many. You’re not telling me that there isn’t a Russian mutation? Of course there is, and we’ve been letting their KGB agents in for weeks pretending to be fishermen.