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No new Covid-19 cases in the community or at the border

There are no new cases of Covid-19 in the community, the Ministry of Health says. 

Covid-19 test. Source: istock.com

There are also no new Covid-19 cases at the border.

There is one additional historical case to report in managed isolation today. This person tested positive on arrival in Christchurch. They arrived in the country on July 28 from the Philippines, via the United Arab Emirates. 

Additionally one Covid-19 case reported on Sunday has now been reclassified as under investigation. This person has been removed from  the confirmed cases total.

Seven previously reported cases have now recovered, bringing the number of active cases in New Zealand to 30. 

Since January 1, 2021, there have been 111 historical cases, out of a total of 704 cases.

The total number of confirmed cases since the start of the pandemic is 2521.

Yesterday, 4263 Covid-19 tests were processed in the country.

The total number of tests processed by laboratories to date is 2,491,831.

NZ COVID Tracer app now has 2,909,726 registered users. In the 24 hours to midday yesterday, posters were scanned more than 497,000 times.

The total number of poster scans is 316,780,075, and users have created 12,424,565 manual diary entries.

Queensland update

The Health Ministry continues to urge anyone who has returned to New Zealand from Queensland since Monday, July 26 to check the locations of interest on the Queensland Health website.

Contact tracing teams have identified 4884 people - no change from yesterday- in New Zealand who travelled back from Queensland since July 26. 

Contact has been made with 4681 people - also no change from yesterday - meaning 203 are still outstanding.

Travellers from Queensland are asked to monitor for symptoms and ring Healthline should any appear.

Contract tracing staff have also identified 2997 people who returned on managed flights from Victoria between July 25 and 30. This number has reduced by two from yesterday as more details emerge from people’s travel histories. 

The group of 2997 people are legally required to isolate until they return a negative day three test. Of that group, 1885 have so far returned a negative test and 526 tests results are due within the next couple of days. 

The remainder are being assessed for follow-ups.

Vaccination roll-out 

As of midnight, more than 1.979 million doses of the Covid-19 vaccine has been administered to date. This is an increase of about 39,000 since yesterday. 

Of these, 1.221 million are first doses and more than 757,000 are second doses.

Almost 110,600 Māori have received their first vaccination and, of these, 71,000 are fully vaccinated. This is an increase of about 700 since yesterday.

Almost 76,300 Pasifika have gotten their first dose and 48,300 of the group have received their second dose. This is an increase of about 300 since yesterday. 

Yesterday, nearly 35,000 vaccine doses in total were administered. These were made up of 25,500 first doses and nearly 9400 second doses.

The Mattina container ship

The Mattina container ship remains berthed at Bluff. As of this morning, 13 of the original crew of 21 are still onboard.

The mariner that was discharged from Southland Hospital yesterday is now in DHB-arranged accommodation where his health can continue to be monitored. He requires ongoing care for an unrelated condition. 

One other mariner remains in hospital, and the Ministry of Health said his condition was improving. 

One other mariner, who has tested negative for Covid-19, remains in arranged accommodation in Southland.

Another mariner who was onboard the Mattina was transported to a managed isolation facility in Christchurch yesterday. 

“This mariner has serological evidence of a historical Covid-19 infection. He was originally required to remain on board to maintain the basic functions of the vessel. However, the decision has been made that he can now disembark for isolation at an MIQ,” the Ministry of Health said. 

Five mariners from the vessel, who have tested negative for Covid-19, are now in a managed isolation facility in Christchurch.