New Zealand confirms four new COVID-19 cases

WELLINGTON (XINHUA) – New Zealand confirmed four new cases of COVID-19 yesterday, which included two imported cases detected in managed isolation facilities.

The first imported case was a boy and the second one was a woman in her 20s – both who arrived from India on August 23. Both had close contact with previously confirmed cases, according to the Ministry of Health.

There are two new cases in the community both linked to the Auckland cluster in August, said a ministry statement.

The first community case was a close contact of a confirmed case that has been epidemiologically linked to the cluster. The second was a household contact of a confirmed patient linked to the Mt Roskill sub-cluster. Both were already in isolation, it said.

Since August 11, the government’s contact tracing team has identified 3,224 close contacts of cases, of which 3,199 have been contacted and are self-isolating, and the team is in the process of contacting the rest, the statement said. There are 70 people linked to the community cluster who remain in the Auckland quarantine facilities, which includes 52 people who have tested positive for COVID-19 and their household contacts, it said.

There are four people in hospital with COVID-19, including one person in Waikato Hospital’s intensive care unit, according to the ministry.

There are two previously reported cases who are considered to have recovered yesterday – both community cases. With yesterday’s four new cases, the total number of active cases in New Zealand is 118. Of those, 41 are imported cases in managed isolation facilities, and 77 are community cases, it said.

The country’s total number of confirmed cases of COVID-19 is now 1,425, which is the number reported to the World Health Organization (WHO), it added.