COVID-19: Ten new coronavirus cases detected at New Zealand border

Director-General of Health Ashley Bloomfield.
Director-General of Health Ashley Bloomfield. Photo credit: Getty

New Zealand has recorded 10 new coronavirus cases in the past two days, all detected at the border.

There are no infections in the community.

A Ministry of Health spokesman said of the 10 new cases, two were imported from South Africa, three from the UK, two from the UAE, and one each from the US, Japan, and Pakistan.

Four previously reported infections have now recovered, bringing New Zealand's active cases to 82. The country's total confirmed infections is 1900.

To date, New Zealand laboratories have processed 1,463,890 COVID-19 tests.

"On Friday, 3325 tests were processed and yesterday [Saturday], there were 3488 tests processed," the ministry said.

"The seven-day rolling average up to yesterday is 3635 tests processed."

Meanwhile, new measures introduced on Friday mean travellers from the US and UK have to present a negative COVID-19 test before landing in New Zealand.

"The first travellers from the UK and US under the new requirements for pre-departure testing arrived into New Zealand over the weekend, with Customs reporting very high levels of compliance," the ministry said in a statement. "The ministry recognises the extra effort required to comply and thanks these individuals very much for their contribution to helping keep New Zealand's borders safe."