Coronavirus: No new COVID-19 cases as NZ marks three months without community transmission

There are no new cases of coronavirus in New Zealand, the Ministry of Health has announced, marking three months since our last community case was recorded.

On that day, February 28, two household contacts of one of the families linked to Auckland's Papatoetoe High School outbreak - Cases M and N - were reported as new infections by the ministry.

Since then, only border cases have been recorded, and the Valentine's Day cluster has since closed.

The total number of active cases in New Zealand on Friday remains at 21, while the number of confirmed cases since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic stands at 2314.

Another 5131 tests were carried out on Thursday.

The ministry says after the Government announcement on Thursday night of an extended pause on quarantine-free travel between New Zealand and Victoria, contact tracers have emailed about 5000 people who travelled between them before the border closed.

"The email instructed them to get a test and self-isolate at home or in the accommodation they are staying in until they have a negative result," a press release reads.

"It also instructed them to contact Healthline on 0800 358 5453 if they need further advice or to report if they had been at a location of interest. About 500 of those 5000 people were unable to be reached by email and are being followed up with phone calls and texts."

Director-General of Health Dr Ashley Bloomfield says anyone who visited the Greater Melbourne area since May 20 should isolate at home until they receive a negative COVID-19 test result.

"This is an additional precaution," the ministry says. "The number of locations of interest around Melbourne has grown substantially, making it difficult for visitors to easily keep track.

"It is critically important everyone keeps a record of where they have been by scanning QR codes or keeping a manual diary of their movements. It can help contact tracers quickly find potential close and casual contacts if there is a positive COVID-19 case in New Zealand."