There have been two new cases of Covid-19 reported in New Zealand today, both in managed isolation.

The new cases are two women in their 20s who were travelling together. They arrived from Pakistan via Dubai on 27 July and have been in managed isolation at the Sudima in Rotorua and are now being transferred to the Auckland quarantine facility.

The total number of confirmed cases is now 1212.

In a statement, the Health Ministry said it had been 92 days since the last case of Covid-19 was acquired in the community.

There are now 22 active cases in New Zealand, none of whom were in hospital.

There have now been six cases of the coronavirus reported in this country in the past week, all in managed isolation.

There were 3002 tests completed in the country’s labs yesterday – 2606 taken in the community and 396 taken in managed isolation and quarantine facilities.

There have now been 468,068 tests carried out.

Positive results in Sydney

The Ministry also gave further details on reports that two female passengers who have travelled from Auckland to Sydney last month have tested positive.

The first was a woman who transited through Auckland from Los Angeles to Sydney on 6 July.

“At this point there are not considered to be any close contacts who need to be traced or tested but enquiries continue with both the airline and airport.”

The second case was a woman who travelled from Auckland to Sydney on 20 July, and the Ministry said it had already talked directly with her.

“At this point, it appears the person may have been a previously unconfirmed case from March and this is likely to have led to the positive test result.

“We will continue to fully investigate the circumstances of this positive result, including travel history.”

The Ministry said Auckland Regional Public Health was now following up with household contacts in Auckland and other contacts as appropriate. Testing and self-isolation has been implemented for close contacts.

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