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

There are two new Covid-19 cases in managed isolation and quarantine (MIQ) today and none in the community.

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Today's update was released via a written statement by the Ministry of Health.

One person had arrived from India via the United Arab Emirates last Tuesday and the other had arrived from the US last Thursday.

Both tested positive for Covid-19 as part of the regular day-three testing and have been moved to the Auckland quarantine facility.

It brings the total number of confirmed Covid-19 cases in New Zealand to 1675.

The number of active cases is 53; a recent confirmed case has been reclassified as historical.

There were 3560 Covid-19 tests completed yesterday.

Meanwhile, the Ministry of Health is still investigating after an Air New Zealand worker tested positive for Covid-19 in China.

The worker tested negative in New Zealand before flying to China, where they're in isolation.

Three close contacts in Auckland have been identified and are in self-isolation, with two other people being investigated as potential close contacts.

People who were at the Animates pet store in Manukau on Saturday, between 1.22pm and 2.11pm, are asked to get a Covid-19 test as a precaution. 

Their risk of exposure is considered to be low, however the Ministry of Health is still recommending testing as "a precaution only".

On Friday, the worker went to a variety of businesses and shops but members of the public aren't being considered at risk. Staff at most of those stores have been asked to self-isolate and get tested if they develop any symptoms.

The Ministry of Health says the case is being treated as possible and as a case under investigation, but they're following health protocols as if it were a confirmed case.

The Ministry of Health has also updated the COVID Tracer app, so people no longer need to register with an email address, and is emphasising its privacy measures.

"You choose exactly what personal information and contact details you want to register with the app – all information is optional," it says.

"Your digital diary of scanned QR codes is saved securely on your own phone where only you can see it, and it continues to be your choice whether you share your diary if a contact tracer gets in touch."

Around a million poster scans were done each day last week on average.