Three new cases of coronavirus in New Zealand as officials call for more Covid-19 testing  08/02/2020 01:51:03 

Three new Covid-19 cases have been confirmed, all in managed isolation.

The Ministry of Health said the first case was the child of a previously reported case, who arrived in New Zealand on July 14 from Pakistan, via Dubai.

The second case was a woman in her 30s who arrived on July 28 from Los Angeles, and had been staying at Rydges hotel in Auckland.

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She tested positive on the third day of her managed isolation.

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The third new case was a woman in her 40s who arrived in New Zealand on Saturday from Manila, via Hong Kong.

All three were now staying at the Auckland quarantine facility, the Ministry said.

There were now 25 active cases in New Zealand but none were currently in need of hospital-level care.

The Ministry of Health said 470,469 tests had been carried out in New Zealand by Sunday and the total number of confirmed local coronavirus cases was 1,215.

The Ministry also outlined the movements of a New Zealander in South Korea who tested positive for Covid-19 on arrival in Korea.

That person was in South Auckland from June 20 to July 1, Queenstown from July 1 to July 4, back in South Auckland from July 4 to July 20, then in the Christchurch Airport area on July 20 and July 21.

On Saturday, 2401 tests were taken, which was up on the last two Saturdays  on which 1,754 and 1,365 tests were completed respectively.

But health officials said they wanted testing numbers to increase, especially in Auckland and Queenstown.

We are especially asking Queenstown locals to come forward, and in particular those who are working in public-facing roles and may have had symptoms during July, the Ministry of Health statement said.

People don't need to have experienced symptoms to be tested in the pop-up centre and they won't need to self-isolate while they await the result of the test.

More than 90 days have passed since the last Covid-19 case was acquired locally from an unknown source.

Health Minister Chris Hipkins earlier said a low chance existed of community transmission in New Zealand, but he warned against complacency.

In Melbourne this weekend, calls from doctors for a New Zealand-style full lockdown have emerged as the state of Victoria faced a massively disruptive second wave of infections.


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