• Covid-19: No new community cases; 2 new cases in managed isolation

Covid-19: No new community cases; 2 new cases in managed isolation

There are two new cases of Covid-19 in recent returnees in managed isolation facilities and no new cases in the community since the Ministry's last update yesterday.

These new cases arrived on May 7 from the Philippines via Singapore and from Pakistan via the United Arab Emirates. 

The seven-day rolling average of new cases detected at the border is three.

The total number of active cases in New Zealand today is 27 and the total number of confirmed cases is 2,286.

Since January 1 2021, there have been 58 historical cases. 

NSW travel pause
The current travel pause with New South Wales lifts tonight at 11:59pm (May 9), following a public health risk assessment and subject to no further significant developments.

This aligns with the lifting of NSW restrictions at 12.01am tomorrow (May 10).

The current assessment from New Zealand public health officials is that the risk to New Zealand from New South Wales remains low, a Ministry of Health spokesperson says.

Public health officials have assessed that the situation in Sydney, following two community cases reported earlier in the week, is contained and there is no evidence to suggest widespread, undetected community transmission.

Anyone who was at a location of interest at the times specified must follow NSW health advice regarding isolation and testing. They must not travel to New Zealand within 14 days from when they were at the location.

Travellers who have arrived in New Zealand and have been at a location of interest during the exposure time must immediately self-isolate, and call Healthline on 0800 358 5453 for advice on when they should be tested.

So far, 5,568 people who have arrived in New Zealand from NSW since Friday last week have been contacted by health authorities and provided with advice.

Information about locations of interest visited by the cases is available on the New South Wales health website: https://www.health.nsw.gov.au/Infectious/covid-19/Pages/case-locations-and-alerts.aspx

A Section 70 direction has been issued under the Health Act with a number of requirements for any person in New Zealand who attended a known location of interest or any locations of interest that are identified subsequently.