The Health Ministry has revealed that a person who previously tested positive for Covid-19 had died after being hospitalized for treatment for a “serious condition not related to Covid-19”.
There are two new cases of Covid-19 in managed isolation and there are no new cases in society at this time.
The ministry said in its daily 1pm update that it was “deeply saddened to confirm” the death of a patient with Covid-19 at North Shore Hospital.
The statement added: “The patient was transferred from a Managed Isolation Facility to hospital-level care for the treatment of serious conditions unrelated to Covid-19 on February 5.
“This person then returned a positive COVID-19 result after entering. This positive result has been reported before.
“Patients talk to families every day, either by zoom or telephone.”
Director General of Health Dr Ashley Bloomfield said: “On behalf of New Zealanders, I want to acknowledge the loss of this family.
“This is a time for all of us to give deep sympathy, while respecting the privacy of our family.”
Meanwhile, the Ministry said the new confirmed cases were linked to a person who traveled from India, via the United Arab Emirates, on February 9.
The number of confirmed cases in the country is 1972. The total number of tests processed by the laboratory to date is 1,583,469.
As of Friday, the lab processed 4,683 tests.
Of Friday’s cases in managed isolation cases, one arrived on January 26 from the UK and traveled via Singapore. They tested positive around day 16.
Starting February 20, border workers and MIQ in Auckland will be offered the Pfizer / BioNTech Covid-19 vaccine.
Speaking to media in Auckland this morning, Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said it would take about two to three weeks for 12,000 frontline workers to receive the injections.
After the launch is complete, their family members will be offered vaccinations.
“Health and care workers and those most at risk of Covid-19 will follow in the second quarter, before vaccination of the wider population in the second half of this year,” Ardern said.
He added that the full vaccination program would take a whole year to roll out as a whole.
“This will be New Zealand’s largest vaccination campaign.”
Today is the first time the Government has set any timetable for vaccine launches.
The only new Covid case yesterday arrived on February 8 from the US. Infections were retrieved as a result of day 0 testing.