Three new cases of COVID-19 in managed isolation
Hawke's Bay App
Friday, November 20, 2020 1:00 PM
There continues to be no new community cases of Covid-19 in the country.
However, the Ministry of Health has announced that there are three new cases of the virus all detected in recent returnees in managed isolation.
Of these recent returnees, one person arrived from Romania (via Qatar and Brisbane) on November 3 and returned a positive result to routine day 12 testing.
They were already in an Auckland quarantine facility as a contact of three previously confirmed cases. They
Another person arrived from Dubai on November 15 and returned a positive result to routine day three testing and are being transferred to quarantine at an Auckland facility.
The third new case arrived from Qatar via Brisbane on November 17. They returned a positive result to routine day three testing and are being transferred to quarantine at an Auckland facility.
There are no new recovered cases, meaning there are 40 active cases of Covid-19 in New Zealand.
The total number of confirmed cases is now 1,657.
Yesterday laboratories processed 9,292 tests for COVID-19, bringing the total number of tests completed to date to 1,217,383.
In a statement, a MoH spokesman said it is a "good number of daily tests".
"It reflects the commitment of New Zealanders to getting tested, and also the hard work of those involved in taking and processing the tests.
"We continue to encourage anyone who visited a location of interest during the relevant time period for the November cluster to get tested – to ensure we can quickly identify anyone who may have been infected."
As part of this enhanced surveillance, the MoH are continuing to have two pop up testing facilities in central and east Auckland. Both locations are walk-in and don’t require a pre-booked appointment.
The central Auckland pop-up testing location is on High Street close to a number of the ‘Locations of interest’ and will be open on Saturday and Sunday. The east Auckland location at 292A Botany Road (Spectrum House) will be open until at least Monday. All testing locations are available on the ARPHS website.
"We have the best chance of staying ahead of COVID-19 if everyone who becomes unwell with cold or flu like symptoms stays at home and seeks a test quickly, and all New Zealanders are keeping track of where they’ve been and who they’ve seen," they said.