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No new COVID-19 community cases & Australia update

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The Ministry of Health advise that there are no new cases of COVID-19 to report in the community today.

‘There are four new cases to report in recent returnees in managed isolation facilities, since our last update on Friday,” says a Ministry of Health spokesperson
.

“There is also one new historical case to report. Historical cases are not considered to be infectious.”

Four previously reported cases have recovered. The total number of active cases in New Zealand today is 24.

Our total number of confirmed NZ cases remains at 2,262.

Since January 1 2021, there have been 50 historical cases, out of a total of 446 cases.

Western Australia update

As announced late last night, Western Australian health officials have advised a worker at a Perth managed isolation facility had tested positive for COVID-19, along with two of their housemates.

The Ministry of Health carried out a rapid public health assessment on the impact for New Zealand last night and, after working with airlines, all direct passenger flights from Perth to New Zealand were paused.

Western Australia health officials are meeting this morning to decide whether they will implement further restrictions or a full lockdown.

Western Australian Premier Mark McGowan said publicly yesterday that a full lockdown was not necessary at that stage because Perth had still been subject to earlier COVID-19 restrictions including mask wearing and social distancing during most of the worker’s infectious period. However, he said a lockdown could be enforced if the situation changed.

Due to the time difference with Western Australia, further information is expected to be released about this later today.

The Ministry’s contact tracing team are today contacting those travellers who have arrived in New Zealand from Perth since April 27 and advising them to check the Western Australian Government website for locations of interest (https://www.wa.gov.au/organisation/covid-communications/covid-19-coronavirus-locations-visited-confirmed-cases) and contact Healthline if they were at any of those locations at the time of interest.

Brisbane Airport green zone breach update:

Contact tracing teams have identified there were 397 passengers aboard the three flights which left Brisbane International Airport after the green zone breach on Thursday April 29.

All but two of those people have now been contacted and asked to check the Queensland Government website for locations of interest. Attempts to contact the remaining two are continuing today.

To date 27 people have got in touch with Healthline to say they were in the locations of interest at the relevant time. Those people are considered casual plus contacts and have been asked to self-isolate and get tested five days after their exposure.

The remaining passengers who weren’t at the locations of interest are advised to monitor their health and if symptoms develop, call Healthline and get a test.

The risk from this event continues to be assessed as low.

New border cases details

Arrival date

From

Via

Positive test day/reason

Managed isolation/quarantine location

25 Apr

Japan

 

Around day 0 / routine testing

Christchurch

Note: This case is classified as historical. Historical cases are not considered to be infectious.

25 Apr

Japan

 

Around day 5 / contact of a case

Auckland

27 Apr

Qatar

Australia

Around day 3 / routine testing

Auckland

27 Apr

Qatar

Australia

Around day 3 / routine testing

Auckland

30 Apr

Pakistan

United Arab Emirates

Around day 0 / routine testing

Auckland

Testing information
The total number of tests processed by laboratories to date is 2,026,948.

On Friday 4,843 tests were processed, and 3,257 were processed on Saturday. The seven-day rolling average up to yesterday is 3,729 tests processed.

A reminder for people who may need a COVID-19 test – please visit Auckland Regional Public Health Service (ARPHS) for all testing locations in Auckland.

For all testing locations nationwide visit the Healthpoint website.

NZ COVID Tracer
NZ COVID Tracer now has 2,805,885 registered users.

Poster scans have reached 260,255,052 and users have created 9,737,551 manual diary entries.

There have been 718,089 scans in the last 24 hours to midday yesterday.

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