New Zealand confirms 11 new COVID-19 cases

WELLINGTON (XINHUA) – New Zealand confirmed 11 new cases of COVID-19 over the past 24 hours, bringing the total number of active cases in the country to 105, according to the Ministry of Health yesterday.

Among the new cases, nine are related to the community outbreak in Auckland and two are new imported cases, said a ministry statement. Of the nine community cases, five are linked to different churches in South Auckland and four are household contacts, it said.

Yesterday there were a total of 223 possible contacts from five churches who have been identified as linked to the cluster, according to the ministry.

These contacts are in self-isolation and 170 have already been tested with results pending, the statement said.

Yesterday’s 11 new confirmed cases brought New Zealand’s total number of confirmed cases of COVID-19 to 1,315 which is the number reported to the World Health Organization (WHO).

The total number of active cases in New Zealand is 105, including 16 cases from managed isolation facilities, it said.

The imported cases include a female in her 30s travelling from London via Hong Kong, a male in his 50s who returned from Basra via Dubai and Sydney. Both of them are being transferred to the Auckland quarantine facility, Director-General of Health Ashley Bloomfield told a daily briefing.

Of the 89 cases in the community outbreak, 88 are now linked to the cluster, and one case remains under investigation, Bloomfield said.

New Zealand’s largest city Auckland will remain in COVID-19 Alert Level 3 till August 26 before further lockdown decisions are made, with the rest of the country staying in Alert Level 2 with relaxed restrictions.

Under level 3, businesses are required to implement COVID-19 safety measures, but most people are encouraged to stay at home.