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Only one new Covid-19 case at the border today, none in the community

There is one new case of Covid-19 at the border, and none in the community, the Ministry of Health has confirmed.

Border workers will soon have the choice to reduce the number of nasal swabs they have to complete. Source: Associated Press

The case arrived from the United Arab Emirates on April 24 and tested positive in day 12 of their stay.

New Zealand officials remain in contact with their Australian counterparts following the pause in travel from NSW after confirmation of two community Covid-19 positive cases in Sydney.

An update is expected from officials this afternoon regarding travel from NSW being paused.

It was confirmed a short time ago that NSW has recorded no new cases of community transmission today, from more than 13,000 tests.

Anyone in New Zealand who has been at any of the locations of interest in Sydney at the specified times should contact Healthline on 0800 358 5453, immediately self-isolate and be tested. 

The risk from the community outbreak is deemed low at this stage, the Ministry of Health said.

Three previously reported cases have now recovered, bringing New Zealand's number of active cases to 26. The total number of confirmed cases in Aotearoa since the pandemic began is no 2278.

One new Covid case at border, none in the community

Two cases reported yesterday as being under investigation have now been confirmed as historical cases, the Ministry of Health said in a statement. The cases are a person who arrived on May 3 from India via USA and a person who arrived on May 4 from India.