Health officials are poised to give the latest update on the Covid situation in New Zealand today.
An update will be given via a media statement at approximately 1pm.
It comes a day after the Ministry of Health announced 11 new cases of Covid-19 in managed isolation. There were no cases in the community.
Of the 11 returnees to test positive yesterday, 10 flew to New Zealand on the same flight – from India, via United Arab Emirates – over the weekend, on Saturday (March 27).
The eleventh person touched down on a flight from Italy, via Singapore, on Friday (March 26).
“Additional testing, including whole genome sequencing, will help indicate whether any of the cases are related,” the Ministry said.
“Interviews, and where indicated, further testing will help to determine whether any of these cases are historical.”
The statement said data showed that since the beginning of the year, at least one in eight Covid-19 cases are historical.
As of yesterday, the total number of cases in New Zealand stood at 86.
The total number of confirmed cases in New Zealand is 2137.
Since the start of this year, there have been 42 historical cases reported out of a total of 325 cases.
Authorities also said yesterday that the investigation into the Grand Mercure Auckland hotel cases continues.
A total of 236 of the 272 people officials were trying to get a hold of have been contacted as of 9am yesterday.
Of those, all except for one person had tested negative for coronavirus.
“One person has returned a positive result which is classified as a historical infection on the basis of further testing and serology results,” the statement said.
“Historical cases are not considered to be infectious.”
Queensland cluster grows overnight
Today’s statement will come just as Queensland authorities have announced that its latest cluster has grown by 10 positive cases overnight.
The new community cases bring the cluster to 15 cases – including two men from the city’s north, a nurse and her sister and two people believed to be colleagues of one of the northside men.
Brisbane residents started a three-day lockdown at 5pm yesterday, local time, after officials made the sudden announcement a few hours earlier when the new community cases were discovered.
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