Covid 19 coronavirus: Health chief Ashley Bloomfield with today’s new cases

Director general of health Ashley Bloomfield will front a 1pm press conference for an update on the latest Covid-19 cases and whether they’re all contained to managed isolation.

There have been no new community cases for five days in a row and the cluster connected to the Sofrana Surville ship and a marine engineer who worked on it has so far been contained to three people.

Bloomfield is giving today’s update from the Ministry of Health in Wellington.

Health authorities are investigating after a child tested positive for Covid-19 upon arrival in Japan – despite testing negative for the virus in New Zealand.

Hawke’s Bay’s medical officer of health Dr Nick Jones said the situation was “low risk”.

The child was also on an Air New Zealand flight from Napier to Auckland on October 22, Jones said.

Anyone aboard flight NZ5018 should remain vigilant to any symptoms of Covid-19, including a new or worsening cough, fever and a loss of taste or smell, and self-isolate or seek a test if they develop symptoms.

Over the long Labour Weekend, health officials reported being pleased with the number of people getting tests – especially those in Auckland.

On Saturday almost 5400 tests were processed and on Sunday there were just over 3000.

Today’s update will include the number of tests processed yesterday.

As well, the Ministry of Health has continued to ask people to keep using the Covid Tracer app to track your movements.

“The more we scan, the safer we’ll be. The faster we respond, the faster we stop it.”

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