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Three new cases of Covid-19 in managed isolation today

There are three new cases of Covid-19 in managed isolation today, bringing the number of active cases to 25.

A file image of actual SARS-CoV-2 - commonly known as the 2019/20 coronavirus - under an electron microscope. Source: Wikimedia Commons/NIAID-RML

It brings New Zealand’s total number of confirmed and probable Covid-19 cases to 1565. All of the active cases are in managed isolation or quarantine.

It's now been 93 days since the country last recorded a confirmed case of community transmission.

The first new case is a child linked to a previously reported case, who arrived from Pakistan via Dubai on July 14.

The second case is a woman in her 30s who arrived in the country from Los Angeles on July 28. She had been staying in the Rydges hotel in Auckland where she tested positive for coronavirus on her third day in managed isolation.

The other case is a woman in her 40s who arrived in New Zealand from Manila via Hong Kong yesterday.

All three new cases have been moved to the Auckland quarantine facility.

There is no one in New Zealand who is currently receiving hospital-level care for Covid-19.

More than 2400 tests were carried out yesterday, higher than the previous two days, according to the Ministry of Health.

Just over 2000 tests were taken from members of the community while 378 were from people in managed isolation and quarantine facilities.

Surveillance testing has returned negative so far after a man tested positive for Covid-19 in South Korea, after arriving from New Zealand and transiting through Singapore.

He had been in multiple locations around Auckland, Queenstown and Christchurch before he tested positive in South Korea, prompting widespread testing in the community as a precaution.

All of his domestic contacts have tested negative so far, the Ministry of Health says.

A pop-up testing centre will be set up by the Southern DHB at the Queenstown Pak'nSave on Tuesday, after the number of locals being tested for Covid-19 turned out to be lower than the Ministry of Health expected.

“We are especially asking Queenstown locals to come forward, and in particular those who are working in public-facing roles and may have had symptoms during July.”

Locals don't need to have been experiencing symptoms in order to be tested at the pop-up and won’t need to self-isolate while waiting for the results.

The Ministry of Health is also investigating after two separate women tested positive for Covid-19 after arriving from New Zealand to Australia.

One woman had transited through Auckland from Los Angeles before testing positive and the Ministry of Health says there aren't believed to be any close contacts.

The second woman is believed to have been a "previously unconfirmed case from March", the Ministry of Health says.