Coronavirus: No community cases in NZ, four in managed isolation

The total number of active cases in New Zealand is 36.
The total number of active cases in New Zealand is 36. Photo credit: Getty Images

No cases of COVID-19 were reported in the community on Sunday, while four people in managed isolation and quarantine facilities (MIQ) have tested positive for the virus since Friday.

One new historical case was also reported.

The latest figures bring the total number of active cases in New Zealand to 36, and the total number of confirmed cases to 2517.

Two of the cases detected in MIQ were passengers arriving from the United Kingdom, one via Singapore and the other via UAE/Malaysia, while another case travelled from the United Arab Emirates via Malaysia. The Ministry of Health said the fourth case travelled via Qatar/Australia but their full travel history was yet "to be confirmed".

The seven-day rolling average of new cases detected at the border is two.

Queensland update

Following the snap lockdown announced for Queensland on Saturday, the Ministry of Health urged anyone who had travelled back to New Zealand from the state since July 26 to check the locations of interest on the Queensland Health website.

"If people have returned on one of those managed return flights since Monday, and have been at a location of interest at the relevant time, we urge them to immediately isolate at home or appropriate accommodation and call Healthline on 0800 358 5453 for advice on testing," the ministry said.

"If people haven't been to one of those locations of interest, but have returned from Queensland since Monday, people should still remain vigilant, monitor any possible symptoms and ring Healthline and immediately isolate if any symptoms appear."

Mattina Update

The Mattina vessel remains in quarantine at a secure berth in Bluff.

Two of the ship's COVID-19 positive mariners remain in Southland Hospital and are in a stable condition, after a second transfer on Thursday, the ministry said.

"The transfers were done in a carefully planned and coordinated way, using all appropriate infection, prevention and control protocols, working with St John Ambulance and other hospital staff, under the guidance of Southern DHB Medical Officers of Health"

Viking Bay Update

The Viking Bay remains in quarantine at a secure berth at Queens Wharf in Wellington.

As of midday on Sunday, 18 of the crew members are now back on board.

The vessel is expected to be granted pratique and leave Wellington on Monday.


The total number of COVID-19 tests processed by laboratories to date is 2,484,284

On Friday, 6355 tests were processed across New Zealand and on Saturday, 4927 tests were processed.

The seven-day rolling average is 6497.