LIVE: No new community cases, 7 in MIQ

Joint head of Managed Isolation and Quarantine Brigadier Jim Bliss. Supplied image.

Director General of health, Dr Ashley Bloomfield has confirmed there are no new community cases of Covid-19 and seven new positive cases in managed isolation.

With 17 recoveries it takes the total of current active cases in New Zealand to exactly 100.

Bloomfield also confirms that Case C, identified as having tested positive yesterday, has not yet been vaccinated against Covid-19.

He says that the person impacted had shown a desire to get vaccinated. Case B has also not received a vaccination.

Total number of confirmed cases in New Zealand is 2,227.

Since 1 January 2021, there have been 44 historical cases, out of a total of 411 cases.

Joint head of managed isolation and quarantine, Brigadier Jim Bliss, states that after an audit of processes at the Grand Milennium no significant issues had been highlighted.

The faciity stopped taking in new arrivals as of Wednesday as a precaution and Bliss thanked staff for their work.

Update on border-related cases

As announced by the Ministry last night, Case C, who is a close contact and colleague of the worker at the Grand Millennium who tested positive last week, is now at the Auckland quarantine facility with their partner. The partner of Case C returned a negative test today.

Whole genome sequencing has been completed on a sample from Case C. This has shown it is closely linked to Cases B and A, which is what we would expect.

"Out of an abundance of caution, the period of interest for Case B has been extended back to March 29," says a MOH statement. "This is as a result of more information and subsequent verification from testing of Case B, including repeat PCR, serology and whole genome sequencing. The risk of infection continues to be low however we would encourage anyone who was at one of the of the locations of interest to monitor their symptoms for 14 days and get tested if feeling unwell."

Locations of interest update


Six locations of interest have now been confirmed in relation to Case B. At this stage, there are no locations of interest for Case C.

As soon as locations of interest are confirmed, they will be available on the Ministry’s website with the appropriate public health advice.

Anyone at these locations at this time are considered a casual contact and should monitor for any symptoms. If you begin to feel unwell or develop any Covid-19 symptoms, contact Healthline on 0800 358 5453, get tested and stay at home until a negative test result is received.

Contact Tracing
Ten out of 11 close plus contacts of Case B have now returned negative results. The remaining person is Case C who tested positive yesterday.

Of Case B’s close contacts, five out of eight have returned negative results and the remaining three are not due yet. Of Case B’s casual plus contacts, seven have returned a negative result and two are not dye yet.

Testing information
The total number of tests processed by laboratories to date is 1,944,883.

On Sunday, 2,738 tests were processed. The seven-day rolling average up to yesterday is 4,221 tests processed.

A pop-up testing centre will be available at the Mt Roskill War Memorial, 15 May Road, Auckland, from 10am Tuesday to Thursday this week.

For up-to-date information on 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

From

Via

Positive test day/reason

Managed isolation/quarantine location

21 November 2020*

United Kingdom

 

Community test - Symptomatic

 

*This case is classified as historical. The individual had contact with a confirmed case in the UK and was tested here in NZ due to flu-like symptoms. Historical cases are not considered to be infectious.

3 April

India

United Arab Emirates

Day 7 / contact of a case

Auckland

3 April

India

United Arab Emirates

Day 7 / contact of a case

Auckland

7 April

India

United Arab Emirates

Around day 3 / contact of a case

Auckland

8 April

USA

 

Around day 1 / routine testing

Auckland

10 April

India

United Arab Emirates

Around day 0 / routine testing

Auckland

10 April

India

United Arab Emirates

Around day 0 / routine testing

Auckland

10 April

India

United Arab Emirates

Around day 0 / routine testing

Auckland


NZ Covid Tracer
NZ Covid Tracer now has 2,779,687 registered users.

Poster scans have reached 245,509,836 and users have created 9,168,670 manual diary entries. There have been 656,323 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. 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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2 Comments

I Don't Get This

Posted on 12-04-2021 18:19 | By Yadick

How are these not community transmission cases. A, B, C + are not in MIQ they (only) work there. That’s why we have all these new places of interest including buses. None of which those in MIQ would be connected to and therefore makes this community transmission - IMO.

So, we have 109 cases...

Posted on 12-04-2021 13:12 | By morepork

...under observation in a "controlled environment". And we are going to open the border to Australia? Am I the only one who thinks this is foolish? A handful maybe, might be acceptable but 109?

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