COVID-19: One new imported coronavirus case detected in managed isolation

One new imported case of COVID-19 has been detected in managed isolation facilities (MIQ), the Ministry of Health confirmed on Sunday. No new cases have been found in the community.

The returnee arrived in New Zealand on January 26 from the United Kingdom via Qatar. They tested positive due to routine testing at around day three of their mandatory 14-day stay in managed isolation. The case is currently quarantining in Auckland.

One previously reported case has now recovered, the Ministry of Health said. The total number of active infections in New Zealand remains at 71.

The country's total number of confirmed cases now stands at 1,948.

To date, laboratories have processed 1,532,275 tests, with the seven-day rolling average up to Saturday sitting at 6,434. Yesterday, laboratories processed 5,666 tests - with more than 45,000 (45,040) completed this week.

This past week, three people have tested positive in the community after being released from the Pullman Hotel, a managed isolation facility in Auckland, on January 15. The first case, a Northland woman, was confirmed last Sunday. Days later, it was revealed an adult and a child from the same family had also tested positive in North Auckland. Genomic sequencing indicates the latter cases are linked to the Northland woman, which suggests all three became infected while staying at the Pullman Hotel.

As of Sunday, all close contacts of the border-related cases have returned negative test results, the ministry announced.

Community testing in Auckland

There are four regional community testing centres (CTCs) open in Northcote, Balmoral, Henderson and Otara open on Sunday, the ministry confirmed.

In addition to the four CTCs, the Albany pop-up testing centre was open between 8am and 12pm and will open again on Monday from 8am until midday.

Testing is also available at a number of other primary care and urgent care clinics.

Local public health authorities are closely monitoring demand for testing during the long weekend so they can continue to meet the needs of their communities, the ministry said.

Further information on community testing station hours over the long weekend is available on the Auckland Regional Public Health Service website.


NZ COVID Tracer now has 2,540,373 registered users.

Poster scans have reached 165,954,066 and users have created 6,823,661 manual diary entries.

The ministry's next case update is scheduled for 1pm on Monday, February 1.