WELLINGTON, Sept. 10 (Xinhua) — New Zealand confirmed four new cases of COVID-19 on Thursday, including two community cases linked to the Auckland family cluster in August and two imported cases detected at managed isolation facilities.
Of the imported cases, one is a man in his 30s and the other is a woman in her 50s — both arrived in New Zealand from India on Aug. 27. They were in managed isolation in Christchurch and tested positive on the 12th day of isolation. Both cases are now in quarantine, according to the Ministry of Health.
There are two new cases in the community that have been epidemiologically linked to previously-confirmed clusters, the bereavement sub-cluster and the Mt Roskill Evangelical Fellowship group, Health Minister Chris Hipkins told a daily briefing.
“One factor that it’s important to underline here is that this sub-cluster has come about as a result of a contact of a case having close contact with other people,” Hipkins said.
“As far as we can tell they were unaware they had been infected and were incubating and spreading the virus at the time,” he said.
This underscores the importance of close contacts following the public health advice they’re given which includes strict self-isolation even if they don’t have symptoms, and even if they have returned a negative test, the minister said.
There are currently three people in hospital with COVID-19, including two in intensive care units, he said.
With Thursday’s four new cases and nine additional recovered cases, the country’s total number of active cases is 120. Of those, 39 are imported cases in managed isolation facilities, and 81 are community cases, according to the ministry.
The total number of confirmed cases of COVID-19 in New Zealand is now 1,441, which is the number reported to the World Health Organization, statistics showed. Enditem