There are two new cases of Covid-19 in New Zealand today – in managed isolation.
And officials have confirmed three travellers who left New Zealand have now tested positive to Covid-19 overseas – one in South Korea and two in Australia.
That brings the total number of confirmed cases to 1212, the Ministry of Health confirmed in a statement today.
Both new cases are women travelling together. They are in their 20s and arrived from Pakistan via Dubai on 27 July. Both have been in managed isolation in the Sudima in Rotorua and are now being transferred to the quarantine facility in Auckland.
There were no new cases in New Zealand yesterday, marking the 91st day since the last case of Covid-19 was acquired locally from an unknown source.
In a statement, the Ministry of Health also revealed there is no evidence of any transmission in New Zealand involving the traveller who tested positive for Covid-19 on arrival in South Korea.
“All domestic contacts of this case tested to date have returned negative results,” officials said in the statement.
“While these results reinforce that the public health risk from this case continues to be low, further contact tracing is taking place around their travel within New Zealand, including their visit to the Queenstown area in early July, the South Auckland area where they were based and Christchurch where they departed from.”
In addition this weekend, the Ministry of Health is doing targeted surveillance in Queenstown, South Auckland and Christchurch – locations connected to the case in South Korea.
This person was in South Auckland from June 20 to July 20, Queenstown from July 1 to 4 and in and around Christchurch Airport on July 20 and 21, officials said.