New case highlights importance of double testing

Director-General of Health Dr Ashley Bloomfield says the woman returned a weak positive test on day 12 of the testing regime.

UPDATE: One new case of COVID-19 is being reported in managed isolation today.

Director-General of Health Dr Ashley Bloomfield says today's case is a woman in her 20s, who arrived to New Zealand from Afghanistan on July 14, via Dubai.

"She tested negative on day three of testing and then returned a weak positive test on day 12."

She was staying in managed isolation in Hamilton and has now been transferred to a quarantine facility in Auckland.

Ashley says this case shows the importance of testing at day three and day 12, as not all people show signs of the virus early on.

"It has now been 88 days since a case was acquired locally from an unknown source.

"One of the previously reported cases is now considered to be recovered, so the number of active cases remains at 21."

Ashley says there are no people requiring hospital care for COVID-19.

The current number of confirmed cases is now 1207. Ashley says today's new case will be reported to the WHO.

He says yesterday, 1107 tests were carried out - 872 were in the community and the balance was for those in managed isolation facilities.

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Posted on 29-07-2020 14:04 | By morepork

... a pretty good picture. I was talking to a friend in Melbourne yesterday; it is chaos there and people just won’t play the game. We can consider ourselves very lucky.

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