One new case of Covid-19 in managed isolation; 71 people refuse test

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Newstalk ZB,
Publish Date
Fri, 26 Jun 2020, 1:15PM
The new case is at the Ellerslie Novotel. (Photo / NZ Herald)
The new case is at the Ellerslie Novotel. (Photo / NZ Herald)

One new case of Covid-19 in managed isolation; 71 people refuse test

Author
Newstalk ZB,
Publish Date
Fri, 26 Jun 2020, 1:15PM

New Zealand has one new case of Covid-19 today, a man in his 30s who arrived in New Zealand on June 21 from Kenya, via Doha and Brisbane.

He has been staying at Auckland's Novotel Ellerslie and is moving to the Jet Park Hotel today to quarantine.

The man tested positive for COVID-19 as part of routine testing around day three of his stay, the Ministry of Health said in a media statement.

It also reported 71 people who spent 14 days in managed isolation - and are now back in the community - refused to be tested for Covid-19.

The ministry said of the 2159 people in managed isolation from June 9-16, 1186 people had been contacted and had tested negative for Covid.

Of those, 800 were tested before leaving managed isolation and the remaining 386 were tested after departure from the facility.

The ministry said 199 people had been referred for a test "which we do not yet have a result for".

"We are still in the process of connecting with 632 people. As needed we will refer people we do not make contact with to finding services. 164 of these had invalid phone numbers, so have been referred to finding services.

"We have had 142 people who will not be tested because of reasons such as being a child, being part off repositioning crew, currently being overseas or they are refusing a test. 71 people have refused testing."

The man's case brings New Zealand's number of active cases to 14. All are in managed isolation or quarantine facilities. There are no cases in the community.

New Zealand's total number of confirmed cases of COVID-19 is now 1,170, which is the number reported to the World Health Organisation.

The number of tests completed by laboratories yesterday was 9825.

That brings the total number of tests completed to date to 378,257.