No community cases; 5 new cases of COVID-19 in managed isolation; Viking Bay update

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

There are 18 cases of COVID-19 to report at the border since the Ministry’s last update yesterday – five in recent returnees and 13 from the Viking Bay vessel, announced earlier today.

Eight previously reported cases have now recovered and the number of active cases in New Zealand is 43.

Three previously reported cases, from 25 and 26 June, have now been deemed as historical.

Since 1 January 2021, there have been 90 historical cases, out of a total of 614 cases.

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

Our total number of confirmed cases is 2,430.

New border cases in New Zealand

Arrival date



Positive test day/reason

Managed isolation/

quarantine location

25 June*



Day 0 / routine


25 June**



Day 12 / routine


26 June*


United Arab Emirates

Day 0 / routine


8 July



Day 3 / routine


9 July



Day 0 / routine


12 July***



Day 0 / Viking Bay vessel surveillance testing


*All three cases are historical.

**As is our standard protocol, any cases detected after day 3 are investigated further, which has determined the case is historical.

***This refers to 13 positive cases detected in surveillance testing of mariners who arrived in Wellington on the Viking Bay vessel on 12 July 2021.

Update on the Viking Bay

This morning, the Ministry of Health reported confirmation of an additional 13 positive tests to COVID-19 for crew from the quarantined fishing vessel Viking Bay.

Two crew had previously been reported as confirmed with the virus.

All 15 affected crew have now been transferred to an onshore quarantine facility in Wellington.

Five crew members remaining on board to maintain the safety of the vessel have returned negative test results to date. They will be subject to additional testing in coming days.

The All of Government response team advise that Maritime Safety provided a dispensation to the vessel to have only five crew on board to meet minimum safety requirements. Contingency planning is underway for any further changes in crew numbers.

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