No new community cases in New Zealand; Western Australia and Brisbane Airport updates

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

There are four new cases to report in recent returnees in managed isolation facilities, since our last update on Friday.

There is also one new historical case to report. Historical cases are not considered to be infectious.

Four previously reported cases have recovered.

The total number of active cases in New Zealand today is 24.

Our total number of confirmed cases remains at 2,262.

Since 1 January 2021, there have been 50 historical cases, out of a total of 446 cases.

Western Australia update

As announced late last night, Western Australian health officials have advised a worker at a Perth managed isolation facility had tested positive for COVID-19, along with two of their housemates.

The Ministry of Health carried out a rapid public health assessment on the impact for New Zealand last night and, after working with airlines, all direct passenger flights from Perth to New Zealand were paused.

Western Australia health officials are meeting this morning to decide whether they will implement further restrictions or a full lockdown. Western Australian Premier Mark McGowan said publicly yesterday said that a full lockdown was not necessary at that stage because Perth had still been subject to earlier COVID-19 restrictions including mask wearing and social distancing during most of the worker’s infectious period. However, he said a lockdown could be enforced if the situation changed.

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