Covid-19: 3 new cases of Covid-19 in MIQ ; 300,000 vaccines administered

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Covid-19: 3 new cases of Covid-19 in MIQ ; 300,000 vaccines administered

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NZ Herald ,
Publish Date
Wed, 5 May 2021, 1:18PM

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

There are three new cases and three historical cases to report in recent returnees in managed isolation facilities, since the Ministry’s last update yesterday.

Five previously reported cases have now recovered. The total number of active cases in New Zealand today is 25.

Our total number of confirmed cases is 2,273.

Since 1 January 2021, there have been 53 historical cases, out of a total of 457 cases.

The ministry also revealed that 32 people in New Zealand have been advised to isolate at home until they receive a negative result from a day 5 test, as a result of the Brisbane Airport green zone breach.

To date, three have returned a negative result.

"Remaining passengers who weren't at the locations of interest at the specified times should continue monitoring their health and if symptoms develop, call Healthline and get a test," the ministry said.

"The risk from this event continues to be assessed as low."

More than 300,000 vaccinations administered

Health officials have also updated vaccine numbers today.

The latest information shows a total of 304,900 doses have now been administered.

A total of 87,297 people have received both doses, while 217,603 people have had their first jab.

In terms of how well the rollout is going, according to the Ministry of Health's plan, it is at 103 per cent. That means it's just ahead of schedule.

But the breakdown differs across regions around the country.

The MidCentral district health board area, for example, is at 150 per cent.

Northland, however, is at just 70 per cent.

Covid-19 Response Minister Chris Hipkins will brief media before going to the house at 1:30 this afternoon.

He will be asked about the barriers to the vaccine rollout and any more specific questions which may arise from the statement at roughly 1pm.

There was one new cases of Covid-19 in managed isolation facilities yesterday – but none in the community.

That person arrived in Auckland on April 26 from the UK.

Officials also revealed yesterday that two people, who previously were reported as having the virus, have recovered.

That means the total number of active cases in New Zealand is 24; the total number of confirmed cases to date is 2267.

Meanwhile, the Ministry of Health said yesterday it was continuing to monitor developments in Western Australia.

But they said the risk to public health in New Zealand as low.

"Of note, no further community cases have been reported in Perth," the statement said.
They also released a number of locations of interest.

"So far, no travellers who arrived in New Zealand have contacted Healthline to say they were at any of the locations of interest currently connected to these cases at the specified times.

"More than 800 passengers who travelled either directly or indirectly between Western Australia and New Zealand between 27 April and 1 May have now been contacted by the Ministry of Health's contact tracing team and given the above advice."

Officials today may provide an update on this situation and Hipkins may be questions about this before he goes into the House this afternoon.