New Zealand now has eight confirmed cases of Covid-19, with two more people testing positive, says Director-General of Health Ashley Bloomfield.

The Ministry of Health is giving the latest update on Covid-19 in New Zealand.

Ashfield said both cases have overseas links, with the first man, who is in his 60s, visiting from Australia.

He arrived in Wellington from Brisbane at 12.05am on 14 March on Flight Air NZ 828.

Health authorities were informed later that morning of the positive test and the man is now symptom free and remains in isolation with his partner.

He does not need hospital treatment and authorities here are checking with their Australian counterparts as to what information was provided prior to travel.

The eighth case is a woman in her 30s from Denmark who arrived via Doha on flight QR920 Tuesday 10 March and then flew from Auckland to Christchurch on Jetstar flight JQ225. She then travelled to Queenstown in a private rental vehicle.

The woman was unwell when she arrived in Queenstown and then hospitalised.

She is being cared for in isolation and is recovering well and being monitored by health services.

Public health authorities have identified those in close contact with her and they are being isolated for 14 days from that contact.

Meanwhile, a passenger on board the Golden Princess cruise ship berthed at Akaroa, in the South Island, is being tested for Covid-19.

A Canterbury District Health Board spokesperson says passengers on board the cruise are not being allowed off the ship which arrived in Akaroa Harbour this morning.

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