Coronavirus: Child tests positive for COVID-19 in Christchurch while in home isolation after returning from London

The Ministry of Health has announced one new case of COVID-19 in Christchurch on Sunday. 

The new case is a child who tested positive while in home quarantine with his family.

The COVID-positive result is being classified as a border case after arriving in the country from London via Doha on November 16. 

After completing his seven days in MIQ, the child left managed isolation last week and tested positive on their day 9 test while in home quarantine.

The Ministry said that the positive case travelled from Auckland to Christchurch on Thursday 25 November on Air NZ Flight NZ8475 arriving in Christchurch at 10:50am. 

"Anyone who is considered a contact of this case will be contacted directly," the Ministry of Health said in their 1pm press release on Sunday. 

"Unless you are contacted, you do not need to do anything other than watch for symptoms and get tested straight away if you develop any symptoms of COVID-19."

Every new case is an urgent reminder to get tested if you're feeling unwell. Testing at high numbers will help to minimise and contain the spread of COVID-19 in Christchurch, the ministry said. 

There is good testing capacity across the city today and over the weekend. Testing locations throughout Canterbury can be found on the Canterbury DHB website.  

The Ministry continues to ask people in Canterbury to regularly check the Ministry's locations of interest page.

The positive case in Christchurch comes after the Ministry of Health confirmed one COVID-19 death and 144 new cases in New Zealand on Sunday.

"Sadly, today we are reporting the death of a COVID-19 patient at North Shore Hospital yesterday evening," the ministry said in a statement on Sunday afternoon.

"The patient, who was in their 80s, was admitted to hospital on Thursday, November 25 and received appropriate ward-level care."

Of Sunday's new cases, 127 were in Auckland, two in Northland, nine in Waikato, four in Bay of Plenty and one in Hawke's Bay.

An additional two cases were detected in Northland after 9am on Sunday - meaning they will be included in Monday's data.