Covid 19: Close contacts of border case increase

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There are no new cases of Covid-19 in the community today and three new positive cases in managed isolation.

The Ministry of Health have also identified further close contacts of the border worker who tested positive on Tuesday. That number has now increased to 31.

“This is because the person worked three shifts during their infectious period with a number of colleagues,” says a MOH statement. “Public health officials have now identified 22 colleagues as close contacts, up from 17 yesterday.

“Of the 31 close contacts, 14 have returned negative test results to date.”

The MOH states that all close contacts are being communicated with and are asked to self-isolate, monitor symptoms and undergo required testing.

The seven-day rolling average of new cases detected at the border is one.

Four previously reported cases have now recovered. The total number of active cases in New Zealand today is 80.

“Two previously reported cases have been reclassified as not cases,” the MOH explains. “One of these is now deemed historic and considered not infectious.

“The other case is also deemed historic and was recorded in the person’s country of origin so is not added to New Zealand’s count.

“These reclassifications mean there is a net change of plus one to today’s total number of confirmed cases, which is 2,244.”

Since 1 January 2021, there have been 49 historical cases, out of a total of 428 cases.

Testing information

The total number of tests processed by laboratories to date is 1,987,958.

On Wednesday, 5,173 tests were processed. The seven-day rolling average up to yesterday is 4,096 tests processed.

On Saturday four community testing centres at Northcote, Henderson, Balmoral and Wiri will be open. The Balmoral community testing centre will also be open Sunday and Monday.

Testing is also available at after-hours general practices and urgent care clinics over the long weekend. For testing locations in Auckland, visit Auckland Regional Public Health Service (ARPHS). For all testing locations nationwide visit the Healthpoint website.

New border case details

Arrival date



Positive test day/reason

Managed isolation/quarantine location

5 April


United Arab Emirates

Day 17 / contact of a case reported on 7 April


17 April


United Arab Emirates

Day 3 / routine testing


20 April


United Arab Emirates

Day 0 / symptomatic on arrival


* The full travel history of this case is still being investigated

NZ COVID Tracer now has 2,792,288 registered users.

Poster scans have reached 253,225,741 and users have created 9,473,457 manual diary entries. There have been 764,561 scans in the last 24 hours to 1pm yesterday.

“It’s critical to keep track of where you’ve been and the Covid Tracer app is an easy way to do this,” say the MOH. “Please continue to scan QR codes wherever you go and turn on Bluetooth tracing in the app dashboard if you haven’t already done so.”

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