Friday, March 5, 2021

9 Cases Of COVID-19 In 2 Days In Managed Isolation

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There are 9 cases of COVID-19 in managed isolation to
report in New Zealand since our last media statement on
Wednesday.
There are no new cases in the
community.

New border case details

Arrival
date
From Via Positive
test day/reason
Managed
isolation/quarantine location
7 Jan USA   Around
day 12/routine
testing
Christchurch
USA   Around
day 12/routine testing
Christchurch
Note: The above two cases are part of the same
family bubble.
9 Jan United
Kingdom
United Arab Emirates Around day
11/routine testing
Auckland
10
Jan
United Kingdom United Arab
Emirates
Around day 11/routine
testing
Auckland
18
Jan
USA Hong Kong Around day
3/routine resting
Auckland
19
Jan
United Arab
Emirates
  Around day 1/routine
testing
Auckland
19
Jan
India United Arab
Emirates
Around day 0/routine
testing
Auckland
19
Jan
Kazakhstan United Arab
Emirates
Around day 0/routine
testing
Auckland
19
Jan
India United Arab
Emirates
Around day 0/routine
testing
Auckland

Twelve
previously reported cases have now recovered. The total
number of active cases in New Zealand is 73. Our total
number of confirmed cases is 1,920.
The total number of
tests processed by laboratories to date is 1,480,691.
On
Thursday, 4,305 tests were processed. The seven-day rolling
average up to yesterday is 3,373 tests
processed.
One year since first COVID-19 PCR
test

It has been one year since the first
COVID-19 PCR test was carried out in New Zealand.

The
first test, on 22 January 2020, was processed by ESR. Almost
1.5 million tests have been carried out in the community and
at the border since that time.

Testing is a key
component of our elimination strategy as it enables us to
quickly identify COVID-19 cases. The rapid development of
testing capability throughout New Zealand is one of the
success stories underpinning the response and the sector now
has surge capability to handle testing up to 25,000 samples
per day.

The PCR test using a nasopharyngeal swab is
considered the gold standard for COVID testing as it detects
the virus the most effectively.

As announced
by the Minister for COVID-19 Response earlier today, border
workers in quarantine facilities will now be offered
voluntary daily COVID-19 saliva tests in addition to their
regular weekly nasopharyngeal swab. The nasopharyngeal PCR
test will continue to be used in the community for people
who have symptoms consistent with COVID-19.
Cook
Islands travel

This week the first passengers
arrived in Auckland from Rarotonga as part of a one-way
travel arrangement with the Cook Islands.

Passengers
will only be eligible for the quarantine-free travel if they
haven’t been outside the Cook Islands in the past 14 days
or they haven’t had contact with a confirmed case in the
past 14 days, among other requirements.

As always, the
health and safety of New Zealanders and those arriving from
the Cook Islands remains a priority, which means
quarantine-free travellers will be kept separate from other
travellers in airports and there will be additional
screening of these passengers as soon as they
arrive.

Work continues on the possibility of
quarantine-free travel from New Zealand to the Cook
Islands.

It’s important for passengers not to travel
if they’re feeling ill or showing any symptoms and to
remember to scan QR codes wherever they go by using the NZ
COVID Tracer App, or keep a paper record if they don’t
have the app.

NZ COVID Tracer
NZ
COVID Tracer now has 2,456,488 registered users.
Poster
scans have reached 157,181,754 and users have created
6,347,771 manual diary entries.
The Ministry’s next
update is planned for 1pm on Sunday 24
January.

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