One new Covid case in managed isolation

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NZ Herald,
Publish Date
Tue, 27 Oct 2020, 1:11PM
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One new Covid case in managed isolation

Author
NZ Herald,
Publish Date
Tue, 27 Oct 2020, 1:11PM

There is one new Covid-19 case in managed isolation, director general of health Ashley Bloomfield says.

The person arrived in New Zealand from the UK.

There have been no new community cases for six days in a row and the cluster connected to the Sofrana Surville ship and a marine engineer who worked on it has so far been contained to three people.

Bloomfield is giving today's update from the Ministry of Health in Wellington.

Seven more cases have now recovered so the active cases are 68.

There were 2311 tests processed yesterday which Bloomfield said reflected the holiday.

The seven community testing centres remain open.

Bloomfield said since the new community case was uncovered there'd been tens of thousands of community tests and he thanked those working in the testing centres and the laboratories.

Young traveller from NZ tests positive in Japan

Health authorities are investigating after a child tested positive for Covid-19 upon arrival in Japan - despite testing negative for the virus in New Zealand.

"We do believe this is a historic case of false positive," Bloomfield said.

Bloomfield said they were working with their Japanese counterparts to get a second test done.

That family is in managed isolation in Japan. Serology testing has also been requested.

Hawke's Bay's medical officer of health Dr Nick Jones said the situation was "low risk".

The child was also on an Air New Zealand flight from Napier to Auckland on October 22, Jones said.

Anyone aboard flight NZ5018 should remain vigilant to any symptoms of Covid-19, including a new or worsening cough, fever and a loss of taste or smell, and self-isolate or seek a test if they develop symptoms.

Over the long Labour Weekend, health officials reported being pleased with the number of people getting tests - especially those in Auckland.

On Saturday almost 5400 tests were processed and on Sunday there were just over 3000.

Today's update will include the number of tests processed yesterday.

As well, the Ministry of Health has continued to ask people to keep using the Covid Tracer app to track your movements.

"The more we scan, the safer we'll be. The faster we respond, the faster we stop it."