One new COVID-19 case in managed isolation

One new COVID-19 case in managed isolation
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There is one new case of COVID-19 in managed isolation, the Ministry of Health announced on Friday. 

The positive case arrived in New Zealand on January 28 from India via UAE and was picked up around day seven in a routine test.

No cases have recovered since the ministry's last update, meaning the total number of active cases is 62.

Director-General of Health Dr Ashley Bloomfield encouraged Kiwis travelling over Waitangi weekend to keep up use of the NZ COVID Tracer app.

"If you’re out and about over Waitangi weekend it’s more important than ever that you keep a record of where you’ve been."

Poster scans have reached 170,972,384 and the app now has 2,553,547 registered users.

It was announced on Thursday a family member of two Auckland COVID-19 cases who tested positive in the community last week has also contracted the virus.

Thursday's case, known as Case D, is the mother of Case C, a toddler who tested positive in the community last week along with their father, Case B. The two were recent returnees who departed the Pullman Hotel managed isolation facility earlier in January.

Case D was moved into quarantine on Thursday and has no close contacts due to being in self isolation. The public health risk from this case is deemed as low.

Dr Bloomfield reiterated that Case D is not a separate case, but is associated with the existing group.

On Thursday, 4875 tests were processed, the seven day rolling test average is 4710.

The total number of tests processed by laboratories is 1,551,707.