COVID-19: No new cases of coronavirus in New Zealand

No cases of coronavirus have been detected in New Zealand in the last 24 hours, the Ministry of Health has announced.

It's the first time since Saturday, June 20 - ten days ago - that the country has gone a day without recording a new COVID-19 case.

The total number of active cases in managed isolation and quarantine facilities remains at 22, and there is still no evidence of community transmission.

The COVID-19 patient admitted to Auckland City Hospital on Sunday remains there in a stable condition.

The total number of confirmed coronavirus cases in New Zealand - the figure the Ministry of Health reports to the World Health Organization (WHO) - stands at 1178.

"Yesterday our laboratories completed 1960 tests, bringing the total number of tests completed to date to 397,470," the ministry said in a statement sent to media.

"This includes testing at managed isolation facilities and community-based testing across the country. The seven day rolling daily test average is 6950."

84 Kiwis still refusing to be tested

The Ministry of Health says finding services are tracking Kiwis down who stayed at managed isolation facilities between June 9 and 16 and have yet to be tested for COVID-19.

Of the 2159 people who left facilities in this period, 1284 have been contacted and subsequently tested negative for coronavirus.

This leaves 875 others who are yet to return a negative test - although 366 of these people have been spoken to and referred for testing.

The ministry has repeatedly tried to get in contact with another 367 people, but to no avail, and 142 people have refused to be tested because they're a child, part of a repositioning crew, currently overseas or are simply refusing.

Eighty-four people are refusing tests.

Ministry of Health 'ensuring sufficient stocks' of PPE

The ministry says it's working to establish "strong supply chain links" for testing supplies and personal protective equipment (PPE) amid "significant stress" to global supply chains.

"We are ensuring we have sufficient stocks here in New Zealand to give us a buffer if supply chains are disrupted," Director-General of Health Dr Ashley Bloomfield said.

"At current usage rates of PPE, New Zealand has a minimum of three months stock of all PPE items required to deal with COVID-19. For most items, we have over six months."

Dr Bloomfield says 63 million items of PPE have arrived in New Zealand in the last fortnight, and is also "in a good position" for testing, with enough stock to carry out more than 253,000 tests.

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