COVID-19: New Zealand has three new confirmed cases of coronavirus at the border

New Zealand has three new confirmed cases of COVID-19, the Ministry of Health confirmed on Thursday.

There are now 24 active cases of COVID-19 in New Zealand.

All three cases tested positive for coronavirus while in managed isolation and quarantine facilities after returning from international travel.

There are still no confirmed cases of community transmission, and it has now been 69 days since a COVID-19 case was contracted locally by an unknown source.

This is despite concerns after a 32-year-old man escaped a managed isolation facility in Auckland on Tuesday before testing positive.

The man was on the run for 70 minutes, which included a shopping trip to the Victoria Street West Countdown in Auckland CBD, which was open to customers again briefly on Wednesday morning.

Thursday's first confirmed case is a woman in her 20s who arrived in New Zealand from India on July 3. She has been staying in managed isolation at the Stamford Plaza in Auckland.

The second case is a man in his 30s who travelled to New Zealand from Italy on July 4 and is in managed isolation at the Commodore Hotel in Christchurch.

The third case is a man also staying at the Stamford Plaza in Auckland CBD. He is in his 20s and arrived in New Zealand on July 3 from India. 

The three new cases bring New Zealand's total cases to 1190, which is the number reported to the World Health Organization.

There have been 1540 confirmed and probable cases in the country since the pandemic began. The country has also recorded 22 deaths.

In the last 24 hours, two cases have recovered and currently no one is in hospital with COVID-19.

The Ministry of Health has also reported another 1000 people have signed up to the NZ COVID tracer app which allows Kiwis to record their movements for contact tracing purposes. There are now 592,000 people registered.

"We need every New Zealander to remain vigilant to the threat that COVID-19 poses to our country," the Ministry said.

"Having no cases in the community does not mean we can afford to be complacent. We need everyone to be keeping a record of their movements and the app is an easy way to do that."

Kiwis have scanned posters from the app over 1.37 million times.