Seven new cases in isolation - none in community

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Newstalk ZB,
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Thu, 17 Sep 2020, 1:04PM

Seven new cases in isolation - none in community

Author
Newstalk ZB,
Publish Date
Thu, 17 Sep 2020, 1:04PM

There are seven new Covid-19 cases today - all in managed isolation.

Today's update was issued via a press release at 1pm, there is no live media conference.

There are no new community cases. Four people are in hospital but no-one in ICU.

The Ministry of Health say with the exception of one arrival from Uzbekistan, all new cases were detected as a result of day 3 testing and are now in quarantine.

The new cases in managed isolation are:

  • a woman in her 30s who arrived from the United States on 12 September and was in managed isolation in Wellington.
    • a man in his 60s who arrived from India on 12 September and was in managed isolation in Hamilton.
    • a man in his 30s who arrived from India on 12 September and was in managed isolation in Hamilton.
    • a woman in her 20s who arrived from India on 12 September and was in managed isolation in Hamilton.
    • a man in his 40s who arrived from Indonesia on 12 September and was in managed isolation in Christchurch.
    • a child aged between 1 and 4 years who arrived from India on 12 September and was in managed isolation in Hamilton.
    • a woman in her 50s who arrived from Uzbekistan on 14 September. She was tested in Hamilton after appearing symptomatic.

There are 54 people linked to the community cluster who remain in the Auckland quarantine facility, the Ministry of Health spokesperson said. That includes 23 people who have tested positive for Covid-19 and their household contacts.

"Since August 11, our contact tracing team has identified 4,043 close contacts of cases, of which 4,036 have been contacted and are self-isolating, and we are in the process of contacting the rest," the spokesperson said.

Combining today's new cases with nine additional recovered cases, New Zealand's total number of active cases is 77.

Asked about the Covid numbers today, Jacinda Ardern said it shows "we are on track - our plan is working"

Yesterday laboratories processed 8185 tests, bringing the total number of tests completed to date to 889,717, the ministry's spokesperson said.

There are now 2,228,300 users registered on NZ Covid Tracer.
A total of 62,533,146 poster scans have been recorded on the app. Users have created 2,984,321 manual diary entries in NZ Covid Tracer, the spokesperson said.

"To date, a total of 18 contact alerts have been issued through the app to let people know they may have been exposed to Covid-19 so they can take appropriate steps to protect themselves, their whânau and the community."

The ministry's spokesperson said the alert could be customised so people who have visited locations with a higher risk of exposure are advised to self-isolate and get tested, while people who visited lower-risk locations can be asked to look out for any Covid-19 symptoms.

"Our contact tracing team points to the app as a good example of blending technology with the human experience. Up to date contact information provided through the app makes the contact and interview process much quicker and easier," they said.

Director general of health Ashley Bloomfield said it had been great to see wide uptake and use of the app over recent weeks.

"It's vital people continue to do so as we move down alert levels – it needs to be part of our daily routines," he said.

Earlier today it was confirmed that security has been bolstered at a Rotorua managed isolation hotel after a man escaped through a fenced area.

The man was missing for half an hour from the Sudima Rotorua hotel late last night.

He was reported missing at 11pm yesterday - sparking a search by NZ Defence Force staff.

Police are now investigating the incident and checking CCTV security footage to establish exactly where the man went during that time.

"However, indications are that he did not move beyond the immediate area," head of Managed Isolation and Quarantine air commodore Darryn Webb said today.

It appears the man escaped through a fenced area.