• No new community cases; no new cases of COVID-19 in managed isolation

No new community cases; no new cases of COVID-19 in managed isolation

There are also no new cases of Covid-19 in recent returnees in managed isolation facilities and new cases in the community today. 

The total number of active cases in New Zealand today remains at 23 and the total number of confirmed cases remains at 2,257.

Since January 1 2021, there have been 49 historical cases, out of a total of 441 cases. 

The total number of tests processed by laboratories to date is 2,018,845.

On Thursday, 5,303 tests were processed. The seven-day rolling average up to yesterday is 3,734 tests processed.

Brisbane Airport green zone breach
The Ministry of Health is in contact with Queensland Health officials today following this reported breach and will be able to provide updated information as soon as they can, a spokesperson says.

The reported green zone breach at a Brisbane Airport café which may have involved passengers flying to New Zealand has prompted health authorities to advise passengers on arrival in New Zealand to monitor their health for the next 14 days.

The reported incident was in the Hudson Café in Brisbane airport where two individuals from a red zone country were in the café at the same time as green zone passengers. The risk has been assessed as low.

The Ministry understands the two red zone passengers returned negative results prior to departure from their home country. A second test result from swabs taken yesterday has returned a weak positive for one test and a negative result for the other.

The three flights affected are Air New Zealand NZ 202 from Brisbane to Christchurch which arrived around 4.30 pm today; Air New Zealand NZ 146 from Brisbane to Auckland which arrived at 5.30 pm and Qantas QF 135 from Brisbane to Christchurch.

Queensland Health have informed the Ministry that the two red zone passengers were wearing masks, maintaining social distancing and are not symptomatic. Additional testing is being coordinated by Queensland Health.

Each plane has been met by officials who provided information to passengers alerting them to the potential breach and providing advice about monitoring their health for the next two weeks and contacting Healthline and getting tested if symptoms develop.

A reminder for people who may need a Covid-19 test – please visit Auckland Regional Public Health Service (ARPHS) for all testing locations in Auckland.

For all testing locations nationwide visit the Healthpoint website.