Coronavirus: Two new cases of COVID-19 in New Zealand's managed isolation facilities

There are two new cases of COVID-19 in managed isolation and zero new community cases, according to the Ministry of Health. 

"The first imported case is a person who arrived from Paris (via Dubai / Kuala Lumpur) on October 23," a statement reads.

"The second is a person who arrived from London (via Dubai / Kuala Lumpur) on October 23. Both cases were identified during routine testing around day three of their time in managed isolation and have been transferred to the Auckland quarantine facility."

With four new recovered cases, New Zealand's active case total is now 66. Overall, Aotearoa has recorded 1587 confirmed cases of the virus. 

"[On Tuesday], our laboratories completed 3,335 tests for COVID-19, bringing the total number of tests completed to date to 1,075,827.

"A total of 757,592 scans were recorded [on Tuesday], which shows the increase in scans we saw over Labour weekend has continued. It is encouraging that New Zealanders are responding to the call to get back into the habit of scanning codes with the app, but we still have a way to go to get back to the level of usage seen in early September."

There are currently seven community testing centres (CTC) set up in Auckland in addition to the usual GP and urgent care clinics.

"Testing is available at Northcote Community Testing Centre, Northcare Accident and Medical, Whānau House in Henderson, Western Springs Community Testing Centre, Health New Lynn Community Testing Centre, Whānau Ora Community Clinic in Wiri, and the Otara Community Testing Centre.

"[Wednesday] is the last day testing will be available at Northcare Accident and Medical, this was set up as a surge CTC in response to the latest outbreak."

Crew aboard the Ken Rei cargo ship docked in Napier have previously tested negative but were tested again on Tuesday afternoon. Their results are now being processed. The crew were close contacts of the marine engineer who tested positive nearly two weeks ago.

"No crew members have applied for shore leave in New Zealand. The ship will depart Napier on Thursday and head for Tauranga."

No new cases have been found among the international mariners staying in managed isolation in Christchurch. To date, 29 of the Russian and Ukrainian fishermen have tested positive. 

"Day 12 testing for all the other mariners who did not test positive during prior tests is underway. A decision on how long the international mariners will remain in the facility will be confirmed after these test results are received and reviewed.

"Genome sequencing has been completed from 11 high quality samples taken from the positive cases. The results are consistent with infections originating overseas."

In regard to the child who returned a "possible positive" result in Japan after testing negative in New Zealand, it is still suspected the case is historic or a false positive. 

"We continue to work with our Japanese counterparts and will provide further details when they are available."