Covid-19 update: Eight cases in managed isolation, none in the community

There are eight new cases of Covid-19 in New Zealands managed isolation, as well as one historical case identified.
But the Ministry of Healths update for Sunday shows there are no new cases in the community.

Since Friday, eight people in Auckland's MIQ facilities have tested positive for the virus, with those people coming from Pakistan, Qatar, the Philippines, Sweden, India, Ireland and two from Papua New Guinea.

A nurse tests for coronavirus in Upper Hutt. (File photo)

A person from Singapore has been confirmed as an historic case, and not considered to be infectious.

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The person arrived in New Zealand on March 2 and left onboard a ship returning to Singapore on March 7.

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A person who arrived from Singapore on March 2 and left on March 7 on board a ship has since returned a weak positive result. (File photo)

The person was tested before leaving and returned a weak positive result after the ship departed. The case was suspected to be historical at the time, and that has now been confirmed.

New Zealand now has 58 active cases of the virus, with six cases recovering.

On Friday, the ministry revealed active cases had been over-reported due to a process issue, with active cases dropping from 97 on Wednesday to 55.

Some recovered cases had been discharged from MIQ but their status was not updated from active to recovered in the ministrys reporting systems, it said in a media statement on Friday.

There were 10 new cases in MIQ on Friday and none in the community.

On Saturday evening, the Australian state of Queensland reopened its borders to Kiwi travellers in a one-way travel bubble.

New Zealanders now travelling to Queensland, along with Victoria and New South Wales, will not have to quarantine when they touch down, as long as they can return a negative test result.

Those travellers will still have to quarantine when they return to New Zealand.


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