Nine new cases of COVID-19, including one connected to the 'Marine Employee Cluster'
Hawke's Bay App
Friday, October 23, 2020 1:44 PM
There are nine new cases of COVID-19 to report in New Zealand today.
Eight of these cases have been detected in managed isolation facilities and one is a household contact connected to the marine employee cluster, who was already in self isolation.
Seven of the cases in managed isolation involve fishing crew at the Christchurch facility. These were picked up at day six testing,
The Ministry of Health (MoH) expects more positive results from this group as more tests are processed today.
The other case from managed isolation arrived from Iran via Dubai on 19 October. They tested positive following routine day 3 testing and are now in an Auckland quarantine facility.
The total number of active cases is now 66.
The total number of confirmed cases is now 1,567.*
6,053 tests for COVID-19 were processed yesterday.
The Ministry of Health has reiterated "We can’t stress enough that if app usage is low, our contact tracers might not get a head-start on breaking any chain of transmission, which means the virus will have more time to spread.
"The more we scan, the safer we’ll be. The faster we respond, the faster we stop it. Time is our friend here."
*MoH online data will be slightly outdated as there are five cases from the fishing crew, outside the ministry's normal sequence.