Covid-19: Updates and Information for the Public

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​Update Wednesday 29 July 2020

Update from the Ministry of Health

Today there is 1 new case of COVID-19 to report in Managed Isolation. It has now been 88 days since the last case of COVID-19 was acquired locally from an unknown source.

The total number of confirmed cases of COVID-19 is 1,207, which is the number we report to the World Health Organization.

The woman in her 20s - travelled from Afghanistan via Dubai and arrived on July 14. She was on flight EK448 from Dubai to Auckland. The woman has been moved to a Quarantine facility in Auckland.

Yesterday our laboratories completed 1,107 tests, bringing the total number of tests completed to date to 457,377. 235 of these were swabs completed from Managed Isolation and Quarantine Facilities.

Update on the traveller to South Korea

Health officials are working with authorities in South Korea over this case and this work is continuing. This person left Christchurch on the 21st July and arrived in South Korea in 22nd July after transiting through Singapore. They had no symptoms but returned a positive test on arrival, the test was a rapid test which is not as reliable the PCR test that is used in New Zealand.

They spent 14 hours and 20 minutes in the transit lounge in Singapore. Officials are seeking information around the individuals return to South Korea. Infection in New Zealand can’t be ruled out and we have a number of domestic cautions. This includes contact tracing on flight NZ555 on the 20th July. Passengers in the two rows next to this person have been told to self-isolate. Other passengers on the flight should contact Healthline if they have any concerns.

The five contacts that this person lived with in Auckland have been contacted and they are all well. Because they are close contacts of this person, they have been advised to self-isolate and they will be tested today. The risk to public health is low.

Safety of staff in quarantine

In regards to the safety of staff working in isolation facilities, there were well-established and robust systems in place. An independent review of infection prevention and control is currently being undertaken and each facility will be reviewed.

From Saturday, DHBs would take over the delivery of health services in Managed Isolation and Quarantine Facilities.

There are currently 2,469 people in managed isolation and quarantine. Our current effective capacity is 6,730. This gives us an excess capacity of 4,261. Over the next week, we are projecting 3,319 arrivals and 1,198 departures from our facilities.​

To see the latest information you can view the Unite Against COVID-19 Facebook page (link below) or visit the Unite Against COVID-19 website.

Unite Against COVID-19 Facebook page​

Unite Against COVID-19 website.​

​**ALERT LEVEL 1- **​​

Life at Alert Level 1

At Alert Level 1, everyone can return without restriction to work, school, sports and domestic travel, and you can get together with as many people as you want.​

The Golden Rules for everyone at Alert Level 1

  • If you're sick, stay home. Don't go to work or school. Don't socialise.
  • If you have cold or flu symptoms call your doctor or Healthline and make sure you get tested.
  • Wash your hands. Wash your hands. Wash your hands.
  • Sneeze and cough into your elbow, and regularly disinfect shared surfaces.
  • If you are told by health authorities to self-isolate you must do so immediately.
  • If you're concerned abou​t your wellbeing or have underlying health conditions, work with your GP to understand how best to stay healthy.
  • Keep track of where you've been and who you've seen to help contact tracing if needed. Use the NZ COVID Tracer app as a handy way of doing this.
  • Businesses should help people keep track of their movements by displaying the Ministry of Health QR Code for contact tracing.
  • Stay vigilant. There is still a global pandemic going on. People and businesses should be prepared to act fast to step up Alert Levels if we have to.
  • People will have had different experiences over the last couple of months. Whatever you're feeling — it's okay. Be kind to others. Be kind to yourself.​​

If you would like to read more about the alert Levels and what they mean, please click here.

What is COVID​​​-1​9?

COVID-19 is a new illness that can affect your lungs and airways. It’s caused by a type of coronavirus. Symptoms include a cough, a high temperature (at least 38°C) and shortness of breath. These symptoms do not necessarily mean you have COVID-19. The symptoms are similar to other illnesses that are much more common, such as cold and flu.

The Ministry of Health (MOH) are the lead agency. The main message from MOH is for people to stay calm, stay up to date and follow advice from them. The first port of call for accurate information about COVID-19 are ​the following official sites:

​Current tally​ 

From the Ministry of Health website

As at 9.00 am, 28 July 2020​

​Number of confirmed cases in New Zealand​1,2071
​Number of probable cases3500
Number of confirmed and probable cases1,5571
​Number of recovered cases​1,5141
​Number of deaths​22​0
​Number of active cases​21​0
​Number of cases in hospital​0​0
Number of West Coast cases (by DHB)​​​​​​​5​​​​​​​​​0​


To see how Councils fac​ilities and services are operating during Alert Level 1, please click here.​

Page reviewed: 29 Jul 2020 8:32am