There are 10 new cases of Covid-19 – all in managed isolation as people flock to Auckland in the summer.
The Ministry of Health said in a statement that there are no new cases in the community
Two previously reported cases have now been cured. The Ministry of Health said the total number of active cases in New Zealand is 51.
Today marks a month since the country’s last case of community transmission in a group of defense workers in November.
All new cases are people who recently arrived in the country and were discovered at the border.
Cases today came from all over the world – from Italy and the Netherlands through Singapore, the United States, the United Kingdom, Germany, India and the United Arab Emirates.
All of them have been taken to quarantine facilities.
Covid-19 has claimed 25 lives. Nearly half of them were Canterbury home dementia residents and died during the outbreak in April.
The last test positive was two members of a family who returned from the Czech Republic on December 9. Two other people who traveled together on December 10 from the United States have also tested positive. They are all in quarantine in a managed isolation facility in Christchurch.
Earlier this week, investigations were underway as to how an Air New Zealand crew member contracted Covid-19 after arriving from the United States.
The Ministry of Health said that complete genome sequencing showed that the lineage does not match any genomes previously sequenced in New Zealand. The same genome lineage has been reported in the United States.
A cabin crew member recovers at a quarantine facility in Oakland Gate Park.
Three other flight crews who are in close contact in isolation. They have all retested negative so far.
The ministry said that a fourth person who had been in accidental contact and was taken to the quarantine facility in Auckland as a precaution after symptoms appeared, returned with a negative test result but remained in quarantine.
Meanwhile, the New Zealand government announced that it had received adequate doses of the vaccine for all people, starting in the second half of next year.
It will be free for kiwi.
The first priority will be workers at the border and essential workers who are expected to receive the vaccine in the second quarter of 2021.
A new public health campaign has been launched ahead of the Christmas holidays to ensure a COVID-19 free summer.
Covid Response Minister Chris Hipkins encouraged everyone to use the tracking app, scan wherever people go and turn on the Bluetooth functionality.
This level of tracking will allow people to receive an alert if they are near another person who has tested positive.