Two new imported cases of COVID-19 have been recorded in the past 24 hours, but there remains no evidence of the virus in the community.
The two new cases arrived from India and Bahrain - via Qatar and the UAE respectively - on June 6 and June 7. The first returned a positive result on day three of their stay in managed isolation, while the second tested positive on arrival. Both are quarantining in Auckland.
In its update on Wednesday, the Ministry of Health confirmed two cases have been classified as historical infections and are therefore not considered infectious. People who have recovered from COVID-19 can sometimes test positive for the virus due to the swab picking up residual viral fragments.
These individuals arrived on May 28 and May 29. Both had travelled from India via Qatar and tested positive on day three and day six respectively. The second was a contact of another case.
Since January 1, 2021, 524 infections have been picked up in New Zealand - 70 of which have been classified as historical. A case reported on June 3 has now been deemed historical and added to the historical case tally.
The seven-day rolling average of new cases detected at the border is two. Two previously reported cases have now recovered, meaning there are currently 24 active cases in New Zealand. To date, the country has recorded a total of 2340 confirmed cases of COVID-19.
The original cohort of travellers from Melbourne, including aircrew, now stands at 5160. These people arrived in New Zealand prior to the temporary suspension of quarantine-free travel with Victoria amid the ongoing outbreak.
Of the 5160:
- 3184 have returned a negative test result
- 1774 require no further action as they have returned to Australia, or it has been 14 days or more since their date of exposure
- 202 are exempt from testing because they are under the age of 12.
As no further action is required, the ministry said this will be the final report on this cohort.
The total number of tests processed by laboratories to date is 2,175,651.
On Tuesday, 3725 tests were processed.
For all testing locations nationwide, visit the Healthpoint website.
This testing data does not include the number of tests processed by the Waikato District Health Board, as its systems remain down following last month's cyber attack. The data, which continues to be recorded manually and monitored, will be added to the tally once the systems have been restored.
So far, the manual data is showing an average of around 200 tests processed per day since May 17.