Live: Ministry of Health Covid-19 update on returnee cases and QR scans

The Ministry of Health is set to send its update on Covid-19 in New Zealand and how many returnees have tested positive in managed isolation.

It will be sent about 1pm.

The last update was sent on Friday when there were 10 new cases in managed isolation.

The total number of active cases in New Zealand is 51 and the total number of confirmed cases is 1754.

The latest NZ update comes as news out of Sydney is expected to worsen today. There are 38 cases of Covid associated with the new northern beaches cluster, 23 of which were reported yesterday.

NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian said those numbers would likely be repeated today.

The NZ Government is closely monitoring the Sydney outbreak, but said it was too soon to say what the impact would be on any transtasman travel bubble.

And in the UK, Prime Minister Boris Johnson has “cancelled Christmas” for millions of people across London and south-east England after scientists said a new coronavirus variant is spreading more rapidly.

Johnson announced from Sunday areas in the South East currently in Tier 3 will be moved into a new Tier 4 – effectively returning to the lockdown rules of November. It is estimated to affect about 20 million people.

Non-essential shops, gyms, cinemas, hairdressers and bowling alleys will close for two weeks, and people will be restricted to meeting one other person from another household in an outdoor public space.

The rest of England will also see the Christmas “bubble” policy – allowing up to three households to meet over the holiday period – severely curtailed, applying on Christmas Day only.

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