COVID-19: No new cases in the community, 7 in managed isolation

No new cases of COVID-19 have been detected in the community in the past 24 hours, the Ministry of Health said on Monday.

Seven imported infections have been identified in New Zealand's managed isolation and quarantine facilities (MIQ), a spokesperson confirmed.

One previously-recorded case has now recovered, bringing the total number of active cases to 93. To date, New Zealand has recorded 2074 confirmed cases of the virus.

Thirty-nine of the 263 cases detected since January 1 have been classified as historical infections.

The first new arrival who tested positive for the virus in MIQ arrived from the Netherlands via Qatar on March 11. They were symptomatic and tested positive at around day two. They are quarantining in Hamilton.

The second travelled from a currently unknown destination, but transited in Singapore. They arrived on March 12 and tested positive on the first day of their mandatory 14-day stay in managed isolation.

The third and fourth new cases arrived on March 13 from India via the UAE. Both tested positive on arrival.

The fifth arrived on March 13 from Pakistan via the UAE and tested positive on arrival.

The sixth and seventh cases both arrived from currently unknown destinations but transited in Singapore and Qatar respectively. Both tested positive shortly after arrival.

Aside from the first case, all are quarantining in Auckland.

Testing information

The total number of tests processed by laboratories to date is 1,821,426.

On Sunday, 2,440 tests were processed. The seven-day rolling average up to yesterday is 5,464 tests.

For up-to-date information on testing locations in Auckland, click here.  

Information on all testing locations nationwide is available on Healthpoint.


NZ COVID Tracer now has 2,751,806 registered users - an increase of more than 47,000 users in the past fortnight.

More than 221 million scans of QR code posters have been recorded, and users have created over 8.5 million manual diary entries. There have been 1,107,949 scans in the last 24 hours.

"It's great to see ongoing good use of the NZ COVID Tracer app and it's vitally important that Kiwis continue to do so," said a Ministry of Health spokesperson.

"Please scan QR codes wherever you go and turn on Bluetooth tracing in the app dashboard if you haven't already done so."

It has been more than two weeks since New Zealand's last case of COVID-19 was picked up in the community. An Air New Zealand crew member tested positive on March 7, but they are classified as a border-related case. 

Just one new imported case was recorded in MIQ on Sunday.