Coronavirus: Ministry of Health Covid-19 update for July 4


After two new cases on Thursday and none on Friday, the Ministry of Health is due to provide its latest Covid-19 update at 1pm on Saturday.

On Friday, 18 people in New Zealand had active cases of the disease, all in managed isolation or quarantine facilities. One of those people was in Auckland City Hospital in a stable condition.

Also on Friday, the ministry gave its final update on the 2159 people who left managed isolation from June 9-16.

A person receives a Covid-19 swab test at a coronavirus pop-up testing facility in a north Melbourne suburb, where there has been an outbreak of the disease.

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A person receives a Covid-19 swab test at a coronavirus pop-up testing facility in a north Melbourne suburb, where there has been an outbreak of the disease.

June 16 was the day officials announced two women, who had travelled from the United Kingdom, had tested positive after being given special dispensation to leave isolation without a test and then driving from Auckland to Wellington.

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The risk from the June 9-16 group could be regarded as very low, the ministry said. A high number of tests around the country in the period had not detected any case of community transmission.

People in the group were in isolation facilities for two weeks, and had since been out of isolation for more than two weeks.

Of the group, 97 were refusing a test and efforts were still being made to contact another 277.

In New Zealand, Covid-19 is considered to have been the cause of 22 deaths, while worldwide the death toll from the disease is put at more than half a million and the number of people infected is climbing fast.

In contrast, this country had just 1530 confirmed and probable cases of the disease but to squash the disease it was decided to essentially close New Zealand off from the world.

On Friday a trio of prominent New Zealanders, including former Prime Minister Helen Clark, published a paper saying the country needed to start the process of working out how to re-engage with the world.