COVID-19: Two new coronavirus cases caught at New Zealand's border

There are two new cases of coronavirus in New Zealand, the Ministry of Health has announced - both of which are in managed isolation and quarantine (MIQ) facilities.

No new cases of community transmission have been detected in the last 24 hours.

The new imported cases arrived on November 19 and tested positive around day three of their stay in MIQ. The first arrived from the UK via the UAE, while the country of origin of the second person is still being determined.

Since returning positive results, the pair have been transferred to the Jet Park Hotel, Auckland's quarantine facility.

The total number of confirmed and probable cases in New Zealand now stands at 2028. Of those, 52 are active cases - four of which are in the community, 37 at the border, and 11 still under investigation.

On Sunday, laboratories completed another 3274 tests for COVID-19, bringing the total number of tests completed to date to 1,234,175.

New November quarantine cluster case

Following an investigation by health officials, the Ministry of Health has learned Case F - the new case reported on Saturday - is not a border worker, but rather a close contact of Case B.

Case F has been in isolation since November 7, and their close contacts have all returned a negative result, so the ministry says it's likely the virus is contained.

"Whole genome sequencing for Case F shows a link to Case B," a press release reads.

NZ COVID Tracer app update will make it 'easier to use'

The Ministry of Health is releasing an update to its NZ COVID Tracer app on Monday night.

The update will make it "easier to use", health officials say, by no longer prompting existing users to log in with their password upon each use.

It will also no longer require new users to provide an email address.

"The Ministry has also made the app more stable and accessible and has fixed the issue that was affecting some people with Oppo, OnePlus, Xiami and Redmi devices," a press release says.

"The app will update automatically for most users over the next few days, or you can manually update the app through the App/Play store."

The NZ COVID Tracer now has 2,378,700 registered users, the ministry says. Poster scans have reached 123,706,942 and users have created 5,058,420 manual diary entries.