There are no cases of COVID-19 to report in the community in New Zealand today.
There is one positive case of COVID-19 to report today in a recent returnee in a managed isolation facility.
Ten previously reported cases have now recovered. The number of active cases in New Zealand is 43.
Since 1 January 2021, there have been 109 historical cases, out of a total of 691 cases.
The seven-day rolling average of new cases detected at the border is five.
Our total number of confirmed cases is 2,508.
The Mattina remains in quarantine in Bluff and is inaccessible by the public. Every safety precaution has been taken to ensure the public health risk, which has been deemed low, remains that way.
The crew of the Playa Zahara have now all recovered and no one remains onshore in managed isolation. Deep cleaning of the vessel is being undertaken today and the vessel is expected to depart once this is completed.
The remaining six of the Viking Bay’s crew of 20 are expected to be released from onshore managed isolation as they recover over the next few days. The ship remains in quarantine at Queens Wharf in Wellington where a deep clean will be carried out.
Daily sampling from the New Plymouth wastewater treatment plant, along with further samples from sites around the Taranaki region, will continue for the next week to determine whether there are any undetected cases in the area. There have been no subsequent detections to date.
Community testing is also continuing. Between Wednesday 21 July and Tuesday 27 July 1,082 swabs have been taken in Taranaki, with all returning negative results to date. The Ministry thanks the local community for their willingness to get tested and to those undertaking the testing.
The Ministry continues to encourage anyone in Taranaki with symptoms to be tested. The Ministry is also recommending that any recent arrivals from Australia, who have symptoms, also get tested, and anyone who has recently been in Australia who is now in Taranaki to get tested even if they don’t have symptoms.