Coronavirus: Three new cases in managed isolation, none in community

There are three new cases of coronavirus in New Zealand, the Ministry of Health says.

None of them are a result of community transmission, with each new case detected in a managed isolation or quarantine (MIQ) facility.

It marks the fifth successive day without a new community case, following a COVID-19 scare late last week in which a central Auckland woman was infected without a known link to the border or MIQ facilities.

While genomic sequencing revealed the woman's infection was linked to a previously identified quarantine cluster, an investigation into the epidemiological links between all the members of the cluster is still ongoing.

Of the new cases, the first arrived from Romania via Qatar and Brisbane on November 3. They are a contact of three previously confirmed cases, so had already been transferred to the Jet Park Hotel, Auckland's quarantine facility, and tested positive during routine day 12 testing.

The second arrived from Dubai on November 15 and returned a positive result to routine day three testing, while the third arrived from Qatar via Brisbane on November 17. They both tested positive on around day three and have since been transferred to the Jet Park Hotel.

Friday's new infections sees the number of active cases in New Zealand increase to 40 - four of which are in the community, and another 36 in MIQ.

The total of confirmed and probable cases now stands at 2010.

Meanwhile another 9292 tests was completed on Thursday, bringing the total number of tests completed to date to 1,217,383.

"This is a good number of daily tests," a Ministry of Health spokesperson said.

"It reflects the commitment of New Zealanders to getting tested, and also the hard work of those involved in taking and processing the tests.

"We continue to encourage anyone who visited a location of interest during the relevant time period for the November cluster to get tested to ensure we can quickly identify anyone who may have been infected."

As part of its enhanced surveillance, two walk-in pop-up testing centres have been set up in central and east Auckland.

The central Auckland pop-up testing location will be open on Saturday and Sunday. It is on High St in the CBD, close to a number of the locations of interest.

The east Auckland location is Spectrum House, 292A Botany Road. It will be open until at least Monday.