Covid 19 coronavirus: Final update from Ministry of Health before Christmas revealed

The Ministry of Health is giving its last update on the Covid-19 cases in New Zealand before Christmas.

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

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

On Monday the Ministry of Health said health authorities in the UK were in communication with other authorities around the world including New Zealand about the emergence of the strain, known as the B.1.1.7 strain.

It had not been seen in New Zealand cases to date.

New South Wales health authorities were due to deliver an update on the Sydney cluster at 1pm.

Sydney residents currently under tough restrictions have been warned it is “highly possible” that the rules could stay in place over Christmas.

Monday’s cases:

• One case arrived on December 10 from the United States. This person tested positive due to the onset of symptoms around day 9 and has been transferred to quarantine in a facility in Christchurch.

• One case arrived on December 10 from the United States. This person tested positive due to the onset of symptoms around day 9 and has been transferred to quarantine in a facility in Christchurch.

• One case arrived on December 16 from South Korea. This person tested positive at routine testing around day 3 and has been transferred to the Auckland quarantine facility.

• One case arrived on December 16. The country of origin is not yet available. This person tested positive at routine testing around day 3 and has been transferred to the Auckland quarantine facility.

• One additional case arrived on December 18 from Russia via Singapore, and was tested on arrival. This result is regarded as indicating previous infection – referred to as an historical case.

The person was tested on arrival before transiting to a fishing vessel in Lyttleton on the same day. The vessel left New Zealand shortly after the crew’s arrival and is now in international waters.

It will not be returning to New Zealand for some months. The person had a previous infection, consistent with Covid-19, reported in Russia and their latest test result is interpreted as reflecting that previous infection. The person is not regarded as infectious.

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