Covid-19: Three new cases in NZ

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Three new cases of Covid-19 have been reported in New Zealand today.

All of the new cases are in managed isolation facilites, says a Ministry of Health spokesperson.

“There continue to be no new cases in the community.”

All three cases reported today arrived into Christchurch on June 30 on a flight from Delhi, the Ministry of Health says.

“Their flight had transited at Singapore, but they did not leave the plane there,” says a Ministry of Health spokesperson.

“All have been in managed isolation since their arrival in Christchurch and their cases were detected during our day three testing. All are now in quarantine at the Chateau on the Park facility.”

The first case is a woman in her 30s. The second case is her husband, a man in his 30s.

Their close contacts include two daughters who will be tested today and who have also been moved into the quarantine area.

The third case is a man in his 70s, travelling with his wife who is regarded as a close contact.

“Our 14 day period will continue to be vitally important as a key protection measure during the global pandemic.

“The new cases bring the number of active cases in New Zealand to 21, all of which are in managed isolation or quarantine facilities.”

One person remains in Auckland City Hospital in a stable condition on a ward.

One significant cluster remains open, and is due to close on Monday.

Yesterday's lab testing figures have been delayed by an IT update and will be provided as soon as possible.

The announcement of three new cases on Sunday comes after two days of no new cases.

Globally, the latest reporting from the WHO is of 212,326 new cases of Covid-19 - the largest daily increase on record.

“This figure and the cases reported here today continue to reinforce the critical importance of our border controls in keeping New Zealand and New Zealanders safe,” a ministry statement says.

“Every person who arrives in New Zealand must be isolated from other people in New Zealand for a minimum period of 14 days. They must also test negative for Covid-19 or if a case be cleared by health authorities before they can go into the community.”

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