1 new imported case of COVID-19; no new community cases

There is one new case of COVID-19 in managed isolation and no new community cases of COVID-19 to report in New Zealand today.

The new case is a person who arrived in Auckland on 19 October from the United Kingdom, via Kuala Lumpur on flight EK 448.

The person is now in Auckland’s quarantine facility.

Seven cases have now recovered, meaning the total number of active cases is 68.

Our total number of confirmed cases is now 1,585.

Yesterday our laboratories completed 2,311 tests for COVID-19, bringing the total number of tests completed to date to 1,072,492.

Yesterday’s testing figure reflects the public holiday, and it was good to see strong testing numbers in the earlier part of the weekend.

Auckland testing

Seven community testing centres remain open around Auckland today.

COVID-19 testing is also available across metro Auckland at a number of urgent care clinics and at general practices. A reminder that wherever a person is swabbed, a COVID-19 test is free of charge.

Since the new community case was reported on Sunday 18 October, there have been 20,668 community tests in Auckland.

Alongside contact tracing and testing of close and casual contacts, this wider testing helps provide reassurance that there are not undetected community infections associated with this small group of cases.

Thanks to all those who worked long hours over the past week and long weekend to set up temporary testing sites and to carry out swabbing and process the tests in the city’s laboratories.

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