New Zealand reports three new cases of COVID-19 in managed isolation

WELLINGTON (XINHUA) – New Zealand reported three new cases of COVID-19 in managed isolation yesterday, with no new community cases.

One person arrived on November 23 from Germany via Singapore and tested positive at routine day three testing. Further testing indicates that this case is historical but has not been reported overseas so it is included in New Zealand’s totals, according to the Ministry of Health.

Another person arrived on the same day from the United States (US) and was tested positive on day six due to a person in their bubble testing positive on day three. The person is in the same cluster with the two cases on Monday, said a ministry statement.

The third case arrived last Thursday from South Africa and tested positive at routine day three testing. Three previously reported cases have recovered, as the country’s total number of active cases remains at 72, and the total number of confirmed cases is 1,703.

With the countdown on until holiday, the Health Ministry called to plan parties via video calls or other alternatives if anyone feels unwell.