No new community cases; 1 new case of COVID-19 in managed isolation 12 May

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

There is one new case to report in a recent returnee in our managed isolation facilities, since the Ministry’s last update yesterday.

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

Two previously reported cases have now recovered. The total number of active cases in New Zealand today is 22.

Our total number of confirmed cases is 2,287.

Since 1 January 2021, there have been 59 historical cases, out of a total of 471 cases.

A previously reported historical case has now been reclassified as “not a case” and has now been removed from our tally.

New border case details

Arrival date



Positive test day/reason

Managed isolation/quarantine location

7 May



Day 3 / routine



The Ministry of Health’s current assessment is that the public health risk to New Zealand from the Melbourne community case announced yesterday is low.

At this stage the Ministry is recommending that Quarantine-free Travel, between New Zealand the state of Victoria can continue with certain additional precautions in place.  

From what we know so far — based on information from Victoria health authorities — the case is linked to the Australian border, and there is a limited period where the person was considered infectious while in the community in Melbourne with a modest number of locations of interest (12 listed on Victoria’s Department of Health website at 10am this morning).  

Anyone who was at one of these locations of interest at the specified time cannot travel to New Zealand for 14 days from exposure. 

Anyone already in New Zealand who has been at a location of interest during the time specified, must self-isolate, call Healthline and arrange a test if  advised to do so.  

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