Coronavirus: Zero new cases of COVID-19 in community, 3 in MIQ

The Ministry of Health on Saturday announced there have been no new cases of COVID-19 found in the community, a day after Auckland moved to alert level 1.

There were three found in managed isolation and quarantine (MIQ) facilities, and two new historical cases found in people who recently left MIQ.

"They returned an initial weak positive test a few days after leaving managed isolation," the ministry said. "An investigation including testing all other household members has determined these are historical cases."

All 15 people infected in the Papatoetoe cluster have now recovered, the ministry said.

"As all New Zealand enjoys being back in alert level 1, a reminder to remain vigilant and stick to the basics: staying home if unwell and getting advice about having a test, washing hands, coughing and sneezing into the elbow, and wearing masks or face coverings on all public transport and keeping track of where you’ve been - scan QR codes wherever you go and turn on Bluetooth tracing in the app dashboard."

There are now 88 active cases in New Zealand, out of a total of 2066 to date. 

About 6000 tests have been conducted a day over the past week on average. 

There were 1.46 million scans on the COVID Tracer app in the last 24 hours - continuing a month-long run of more than a million scans being done every day.

"It's critical to keep track of where you’ve been and the COVID Tracer app is an easy way to do this," said the ministry. "Please continue to scan QR codes wherever you go and turn on Bluetooth tracing in the app dashboard if you haven’t already done so."