There have been 31 new cases of Covid-19 in managed isolation since Thursday.
There are no new cases in the community. 19 cases at the border are now linked to the fast-spreading coronavirus strain in the United Kingdom.
“The number of cases reinforces the need for constant vigilance at the border, as Covid-19 continues to accelerate abroad,” the Ministry of Health said.
There are 11 new cases linked to a group of international sailors.
“Only three of these cases were identified as current cases, while the majority (eight) were identified as historical cases. A total of 190 seafarers arrived on Wednesday and are staying at isolation and quarantine facilities in Christchurch,” the ministry said.
“A number of sailors were unable to board flights bound for New Zealand after they had tested positive before departure.
Managed isolation and quarantine facilities have strengthened procedures and protocols to ensure risks to others in the group and in the facilities are minimized.
The ministry said there were 19 cases in total – of people in managed isolation facilities – linked to the fast-spreading UK coronavirus strain. The ministry said one of the cases was linked to the strain in South Africa.
“Most of these people came to New Zealand from the United Kingdom via the United Arab Emirates, Qatar or Singapore,” the ministry said.
The new strain has forced the UK to return to lockdown, amid fears that its health system will be overwhelmed.
On Saturday, the British government announced that the number of confirmed deaths has reached 80,868 – the highest in Europe and the fifth highest in the world due to the epidemic. The day before, the country’s reported daily deaths hit a record 1,325.
The new, more contagious British variant can be easily transmitted from other strains of the virus.
However, there was no evidence at this point that the infection period was different from any other type of Covid-19 or that it made people more sick, according to a ministry statement.
The ministry said people who test positive for the new strain are receiving care with the same high level of infection prevention measures as all cases of Covid-19.
“The infection control protocols are in place for all employees and we can assure the public that there is no increased risk to society,” the statement said.
Hamilton County Courthouse is placed in A. A brief shutdown on Wednesday after a woman who worked in a managed isolation facility appeared in court She told an employee that she had a runny nose and was waiting for the Covid-19 test result.
The lockdown was lifted after about an hour and a half, and about 40 to 50 of the public were allowed out, but the court remained closed for the rest of the day.