There are two new imported Covid-19 cases recorded in New Zealand today, the Ministry of Health has confirmed.
Today’s update was provided in a live briefing by Director-General of Health Dr Ashley Bloomfield this afternoon.
The Ministry of Health yesterday announced 25 new confirmed cases of coronavirus – the largest spike in daily Covid-19 cases in six months.
Of that number, 23 of the cases were found at the border – 18 of those Russian and Ukrainian fishermen in quarantine in Christchurch.
He says the first of today’s cases arrived on 19 October from the Netherlands via Dubai and the second arrived on 21 October from Doha.
Both cases were tested on arrival, he says, having developed symptoms during the flight. They have been transferred to the Auckland quarantine facility.
The total number of active cases is 58. That includes the 18 fishers from Russia and Ukraine who have tested positive for Covid-19 at the hotel in Christchurch.
The fishing crew members are being re-tested today for day six testing, he says, and genome testing for them is expected to be returned on Saturday.
The total number of cases overall is 1558. There were 7083 tests processed yesterday.