There are two new cases of Covid-19 in New Zealand, Health Minister Chris Hipkins has announced.

The new cases are a woman in her 20s and a woman in her 30s, both from the same family, who arrived 2 July from Afghanistan. Both women were staying at the Sudina Hotel in Christchurch.

They each tested positive from the tests taken on day three after arrival, Hipkins said.

It had been 67 days since the last case of local transmission from an unknown source, Hipkins said.

The number of confirmed cases of Covid-19 was now 1186, and there was now no one in hospital care after the one person who was in hospital with the virus yesterday had recovered enough to be discharged, Hipkins said.

Two people were considered recovered from the virus since yesterday, so there were still 22 active cases in New Zealand.

Hipkins said 1641 Covid-19 tests were completed yesterday. This was far below the peak number of tests per day of about 12,000, and below the 4000 people tested per day that clinicians had recommended, he said.

While testing at 12,000 per day was not necessary, the levels of testing were not meeting the expectations of the government, he said.

“We don’t need to be testing at our peak level … but we do want to maintain a good level of surveillance across the country.”

“We need to see good geographical testing here, so not all in one place. It’s surveillance testing.”


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