Coronavirus: Seven new cases of COVID-19, none in community for third day in a row

There are seven new cases of coronavirus in New Zealand, the Ministry of Health has revealed - but none of them are a result of community transmission.

All of the cases are imported cases staying in managed isolation and quarantine (MIQ) facilities, a press release on Thursday afternoon said.

It marks the third day in a row of no cases linked to the COVID-19 resurgence in Auckland.

Among the new cases are four returnees from India - one man in his 30s, another in his 60s, a woman in her 20s and a young child - all of whom arrived in the country on September 12. They are in managed isolation in Hamilton, and tested positive around day three of their stay.

A woman in her 30s from the US and a man in his 40s from Indonesia tested positive on day three at MIQ facilities in Wellington and Christchurch respectively, having also arrived in the country on September 12.

The final case is a woman in her 50s from Uzbekistan, who arrived on September 14. She tested positive in Hamilton after exhibiting COVID-19 symptoms.

Nine people have recovered from coronavirus in the last 24 hours which, combined with the seven new cases, sees the number of active cases in New Zealand drop to 77. Of these, 33 are imported cases and 44 are in the community.

There are four people in hospital with COVID-19 - one at Auckland City, one at North Shore and two in Middlemore - but they are all on a ward, not in intensive care.

At Auckland's quarantine facility the Jet Park Hotel, there are 54 people linked to the community cluster - including 23 people who have tested positive for COVID-19 and their household contacts.

Since the emergence of the Auckland cluster on August 11, health officials have identified 4043 close contacts of cases, all but seven of which have been contacted and are self-isolating. Contact tracers are in the process of contacting the rest.

The combined number of confirmed and probable COVID-19 cases in New Zealand now stands at 1809.

Meanwhile the country's laboratories processed 8185 tests on Wednesday, bringing the total number of tests completed to date to 889,717.