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Three new cases of Covid-19 in managed isolation today, none in community

There are three new cases of Covid-19 in New Zealand today, the Ministry of Health has announced.

Source: 1 NEWS

Today's updated figures were provided in a statement with no media conference being held this afternoon after three new community cases and six historical cases were announced yesterday.

Today's three cases are all from managed isolation. There are none in the community. 

The Ministry of Health said the three new cases are all separate returnees who arrived on different flights from the United States on 18 September; from London via Dubai on 16 September and from Croatia via Frankfurt and Dubai on 18 September.

Two are in quarantine in Auckland while the third case is in quarantine in Rotorua.

The update means New Zealand has 1471 confirmed cases to date, 65 of which are still active.

There are still three cases in hospital - one each at Auckland, Middlemore and North Shore hospitals, none of which are in intensive care.

Since August 11, 4,044 close contacts of cases have been identified, of which 4,025 have been contacted and are self-isolating or have completed self-isolation.

Yesterday, laboratories processed 6,142 tests bringing the total number of tests completed to date to 930,779.

Locations of interest identified from three previous cases

The Ministry of Health added they are continuing to contact trace, test and isolate close contacts of the three community cases which were reported yesterday.

The three cases are part of the same family and have been self-isolating over the last four days where they have since been interviewed.

Interviews have discovered the family travelled to Taupō between 18 and 20 September, where they met up with 18 others from five locations around New Zealand. Those 18 people, along with 13 others since identified as close contacts are now isolating and being tested.

The interviews also revealed places and times of interest, including Christchurch domestic airport on September 11 from 10:30am to 12:30pm, the hot pools at DeBretts Spa Resort in Taupō on September 18 from 2:30pm to 7pm and Taupō Tandem Skydiving based at Taupō Airport on September 19 from 2pm to 3:30pm.

Just Cuts at the Westfield in St Lukes on Thursday September 17 from 4pm to 5pm was also identified. 

The Ministry of Health says anyone who visited said places at those times should be vigilant of their health and get tested if they develop symptoms.