Covid-19 update: Two new cases in managed isolation

There have been two new cases of Covid-19 reported in managed isolation in New Zealand today, with no new cases in the community.

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The Ministry of Health said in a release the two new cases included one who arrived from the UK via Singapore on 26 January and tested postive on day 16 after coming into contact with a previous case, while the other arrived from the UK on 7 February and tested positive on day three.

With 12 earlier cases now recovered, the number of active cases is now 44. The total number of cases in New Zealand is now 1970.

Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern and senior ministers this morning gave a briefing on the country’s Covid-19 vaccination programme. Ardern said the first batch of the Pfizer-BioNTech Covid-19 vaccine will arrive in New Zealand next week, earlier than expected.

The Ministry said the vaccine will be independently tested for quality assurance and, once safety checks are completed, the vaccine is expected to be rolled out to border and MIQ workers.

Yesterday the ministry announced there was one historical case of Covid-19 in managed isolation in New Zealand. It said that historical cases would now be included in the daily Covid updates.

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