No community cases; 2 new cases of Covid, one historical case, in managed isolation

There are no cases of COVID-19 to report in the community today.

There are two new cases of COVID-19 to report in recent returnees, and also one historical case, in managed isolation facilities.

Since 1 January 2021, there have been 108 historical cases, out of a total of 697 cases.

Four previously reported cases have now recovered. The number of active cases in New Zealand is 45.

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

Our total number of confirmed cases is 2,514.

New border cases in New Zealand

Arrival date

From

Via

Positive test day/reason

Managed isolation/quarantine location

23 July

Zimbabwe

United Arab Emirates

Day 3 / routine

Auckland

24 July

United Kingdom

Qatar

Day 3 / routine

Auckland

Historical cases identified at the border

Arrival date

From

Via

Positive test day/reason

Managed isolation/quarantine location

13 July*

Philippines

Singapore

Day 12 / routine

Hamilton

* Day 12 cases are routinely investigated as a check against possible transmission within the facility.

Update on patient from Fiji

The medevac flight for a patient from Fiji who has tested positive for COVID-19 proceeded yesterday as arranged.

The patient was last night safely transported by ambulance to Middlemore Hospital, under strict infection prevention and control procedures. Flight crew and ambulance staff used full PPE, as is regularly used to transport people arriving from overseas to hospital.

The patient remains in a dedicated, secure ICU unit. There are appropriate isolation and infection prevention and control plans in place at all the metro-DHB hospitals, including Middlemore Hospital, where this patient is being managed.

Requests for medical treatment in New Zealand from overseas jurisdictions, particularly in the Pacific, are common. Every request is considered, carefully taking into account factors such as the clinical needs of the patient, whether safe transport can be arranged and the availability of appropriate care in New Zealand.

The Ministry is asking media to please respect this patient’s privacy in further reporting on this matter.

Taranaki Update

Daily sampling from the New Plymouth wastewater treatment plant, along with further samples from sites around the Taranaki region continues this week. There have been no subsequent detections of the virus to date. Community testing is also continuing.

The Ministry thanks everyone who has taken a test and we continue to encourage anyone in Taranaki with symptoms to be tested. We are also recommending that any anyone who has recently been in Australia who is now in Taranaki to get tested even if they don’t have symptoms.

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