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COVID-19: One returnee with coronavirus has died

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A person with COVID-19 who was in North Shore Hospital has died, the Ministry of Health says.

This comes as news of two new COVID-19 cases are reported in New Zealand. Both cases were found in managed isolation.

The person who has died was transferred from a Managed Isolation Facility into hospital-level care for the treatment of a serious non-COVID-19 related condition on February 5.

This person subsequently returned a positive result for COVID-19 following their admission. This positive result has been reported previously.

The patient spoke with family daily, either by zoom or phone.

“On behalf of New Zealanders, I want to recognise this family’s loss,” says Director-General of Health Dr Ashley Bloomfield.

“This is a time for us all to offer our deep sympathy, while also respecting the family’s privacy.”

The Ministry of Health advises that the death has not been included in the official COVID related NZ deaths at this stage.

“We will provide further information on Monday,” says a Ministry of Health spokesperson.

New cases of COVID-19

There are two new cases of COVID-19 in managed isolation today.  There are no new cases in the community.

Both of the two new cases arrived on February 9 from India via United Arab Emirates. One tested positive on arrival and the other tested positive on day one of routine testing. Both are in management isolation in Auckland.

One previously reported case has now recovered.

The total number of active cases in New Zealand is now 45. The total number of confirmed NZ cases is 1,972.

The total number of tests processed by laboratories to date is 1,583,469. On Friday NZ laboratories processed 4,683 tests. The seven-day rolling average up to yesterday is 3,886 tests processed.

Historical cases
Since January 1, there have been 28 historical cases, out of a total of 162 cases. These historical cases have all been previously reported.

NZ COVID Tracer
NZ COVID Tracer now has 2,566,009 registered users.

Poster scans have reached 177,905,723. Almost 544,000 poster scans have been recorded since midday yesterday.

Users have created 7,247,069 manual diary entries.

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