There have been 9 new circumstances of Covid-19 reported in managed isolation in New Zealand over the previous two days, the Ministry of Well being says.
In a press release, the ministry stated there are not any new circumstances locally.
The brand new circumstances got here from the USA, the UK, the United Arab Emirates, India and Kazakhstan.
With one other 12 beforehand reported circumstances now recovered, the whole variety of lively circumstances in New Zealand is 73. The entire variety of confirmed circumstances is 1920.
In its assertion, the Ministry additionally famous that it has now been one 12 months for the reason that first Covid-19 PCR take a look at was carried out in New Zealand.
“The primary take a look at, on 22 January 2020, was processed by ESR. Virtually 1.5 million exams have been carried out locally and on the border since that point.
“Testing is a key element of our elimination technique because it permits us to rapidly establish Covid-19 circumstances. The fast growth of testing functionality all through New Zealand is among the success tales underpinning the response and the sector now has surge functionality to deal with testing as much as 25,000 samples per day.”
The Ministry stated the PCR take a look at – which makes use of a nasopharyngeal swab – was thought-about the “gold commonplace” for Covid testing because it detected the virus essentially the most successfully.
Yesterday genome sequencing of Covid-19 circumstances in managed isolation revealed there were more people in managed isolation with the new very infectious variants.
ESR testing and complete genome sequencing recognized 11 circumstances of the UK pressure and 6 circumstances of the South African pressure in quarantine since 6 January.
The ministry yesterday stated there have been now a complete of 29 samples of the UK variant and 7 of the South African variant.
In the meantime, Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern demanded “absolute focus” from her Labour MPs in 2021, noting “on-going vigilance” can be required to keep away from one other Covid outbreak.