Five new Covid-19 cases in NZ, all at the border

Source: 1News

There are no new Covid-19 cases to report in the community today, the Ministry of Health says. 

A generic image of a Covid Tracer QR code poster.

However, there are five new cases in managed isolation. 

All of today’s new cases are in MIQ facilities in Auckland. 

The first person arrived on August 2 from Russia, via Singapore. They tested positive for Covid-19 on day 12 of their MIQ stay. 

The second person arrived on August 11 from the UK. They tested positive on day three. Their full travel history is yet to be determined. 

Three people who travelled together make up the remaining of today’s cases. They arrived on a direct flight from Fiji on August 14. Two tested positive on arrival and the remaining person on day one. 

The Ministry of Health also reported no unexpected results from its wastewater sampling around the country today. 

This includes wastewater samples taken from Tauranga and Mount Maunganui last Wednesday, which have come back negative for Covid-19. This testing follows contact between port workers and Covid-19-positive crew members of the Rio De La Plata vessel. 

Two previously reported cases have also recovered since yesterday’s update. This brings the number of active cases in New Zealand to 44.

The total number of confirmed cases in the country since the start of the pandemic is 2570.

Since yesterday, two further historical cases of Covid-19 were detected in MIQ. 

Since January 1 this year, there have been 121 historical cases, out of a total of 752 cases.

Labs have carried out more than 2.5 million Covid-19 tests. Yesterday, 3126 tests were processed across the country. 

The NZ COVID Tracer app now has 2.9 million registered users.

There have been 526,699 scans in the past 24 hours to midday yesterday. In total, posters have been scanned nearly 324 million times, and users have created 12.7 million manual diary entries. 

Yesterday , four new cases of Covid-19 were detected in MIQ.

Vaccine roll-out

As of 11.59pm on Sunday, more than 2.5 million doses of the Pfizer Covid-19 vaccine have been administered. Of these, 1.58 million are first doses and 918,000 are second doses.

Yesterday, 18,120 first doses were given, and 7364 second doses were given. 

More than 138,000 Mâori have received their first vaccination. Of this group, nearly 85,000 have also had their second vaccinations and are fully vaccinated.
More than 93,000 doses have been administered to Pasifika. Of this group, more than 58,000 have also received their second doses.