Coronavirus: Two new COVID-19 cases reported on Sunday

Two new COVID-19 cases were reported on Sunday by the Ministry of Health.

Both of these cases are recent arrivals from overseas and both were detected within managed isolation facilities.

The first case is the child of the couple whose cases were announced on Saturday and this family is in isolation at Auckland's Jet Park Hotel. The second case is a 59-year-old woman who travelled from Delhi and arrived in Auckland on June 15 on flight AI1316. She travelled with her partner who has also been tested, but their result is pending. The woman was tested at the Grand Millennium managed isolation facility, but the couple is now in quarantine at Jet Park Hotel.

Director-General of Health Dr Ashley Bloomfield reiterated in a statement on Sunday that new cases at New Zealand's border were always expected as Kiwis return home from overseas.

"It is good that the systems are in place to detect these cases. Testing, particularly at the border, will continue to be an important part of our COVID-19 response.

"Yesterday New Zealand's laboratories completed 5950 tests, bringing the total completed to date to 341,117.

"This is a very high Saturday total, which again underscores the high capacity of our laboratories and the testing that continues in the community and across our managed isolation facilities."

No additional deaths were announced on Sunday.

It brings the total number of confirmed and probable cases in New Zealand to 1511. No one is receiving hospital-level care for the virus.

Follow-up on earlier cases

There has been "extensive" follow-up for cases reported earlier this week, the Ministry of Health says. For the two cases who travelled from the UK, 386 people have been followed up and tested as a precaution. Of these, 288 negative tests have been recorded and 25 people are still being contacted.

For the case who travelled from Pakistan, 207 people were identified and tested, including those on the same flight. Of those, 25 people have been tested and 15 negative test results have returned so far. This number of people who were tested were those who either hadn't already undergone a test or were due to be tested as part of managed isolation protocols.

COVID Tracer app

The Ministry of Health has recorded 573,000 registrations on the COVID Tracer app - an increase of 2000 from Saturday.

Over 63,000 QR code posters have been created by businesses, and there have been 1,146,569 poster scans to date.