Coronavirus Covid 19: The final update from the Ministry of Health revealed before Christmas

Managed isolation staff at the Sebel Hotel that was used as the MIQ facility in Manukau are celebrating Christmas 2020. Photo / Spplied

There are seven new Covid cases in managed isolation.

The Ministry of Health gave its latest update in New Zealand just before Christmas.

Cases include:

• One case arrived on December 13, from South Africa, via the United Arab Emirates. This person tested positive after showing symptoms and was transferred to a quarantine facility in Auckland.

• One case arrived on December 14, from the United States. This person tested positive on a routine test around day three and was transferred to quarantine at a facility in Christchurch. Additional information found this to be a historical case and was not included in the total number of reported active cases.

• One case arrived on December 15th, from the United States. This person tested positive on a routine test around day three and was transferred to quarantine at a facility in Christchurch.

• One case arrived on 15 December from the Czech Republic via the United Arab Emirates. This person tested positive after showing symptoms around the sixth day and was transferred to a quarantine facility in Auckland.

• One case arrived on December 17th, from the United States. This person tested positive on a routine test around day three and was transferred to quarantine at a facility in Christchurch.

• One case arrived on December 17th, from the United States. This person tested positive on a routine test around day three and was transferred to quarantine at a facility in Christchurch.

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• One case arrived on December 17th from the United Kingdom via Qatar. This person tested positive on a routine test around day three and was transferred to the quarantine facility in Oakland.

So far 17 previously reported cases have recovered. The total number of active cases in New Zealand is 49. The total number of our confirmed cases is 1772. The total number of tests the laboratories have handled so far is 1,381,545.

The Department of Health said on Monday that UK health authorities are in contact with other authorities around the world including New Zealand about the emergence of the strain known as the B.1.1.7 strain.

It has not been seen in New Zealand cases yet.

The ministry said today that it continues to monitor the situation closely.

On Sunday it emerged that a New Zealand pilot in Taiwan was diagnosed with Covid-19 on Sunday.

The ministry said today that the officials had received advice from their Taiwan counterparts.

“Officials advise that this person was not in New Zealand when it was contagious and does not pose a threat to New Zealand’s public health.”

Monday cases:

There were five new cases of Covid-19 in New Zealand on Monday, all of them in managed isolation.

The total number of active cases in New Zealand was 59. Our total number of confirmed cases was 1,765.

• One case arrived on December 10, from the United States. This person tested positive due to the onset of symptoms around the ninth day and was transferred to quarantine at a facility in Christchurch.

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• One case arrived on December 10, from the United States. This person tested positive due to the onset of symptoms around the ninth day and was transferred to quarantine at a facility in Christchurch.

• One case arrived on December 16, from South Korea. This person tested positive on a routine test around day three and was transferred to the quarantine facility in Oakland.

• One case arrived on December 16th. Country of origin not available yet. This person tested positive on a routine test around day three and was transferred to the quarantine facility in Oakland.

• An additional case arrived on December 18 from Russia via Singapore, and was tested upon arrival. This finding is an indication of a previous injury – it is referred to as a historic case.

The person was tested on arrival before crossing to a fishing vessel in Lyleton on the same day. The ship left New Zealand shortly after the crew arrived and is now in international waters.

You will not be returning to New Zealand for several months. The person had a previous infection, consistent with Covid-19, reported in Russia, and the last test result is interpreted as reflecting that previous infection. The person is not considered contagious.

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