There have been 31 new cases of Covid-19 isolated since Thursday.
There are no new cases in the community. Nineteen cases on the border are now linked to the UK strain of coronavirus that is spreading rapidly.
“The number of cases reinforces the need for vigilance that is ongoing at the border, as Covid-19 continues to increase overseas,” the Health Ministry said.
There are 11 new cases linked to a group of international seafarers.
“Only three of these cases have been identified as current cases, while the majority (eight) have been identified as historical cases. A total of 190 seafarers arrived on Wednesday and are living in managed isolation and quarantine facilities in Christchurch,” the ministry said. .
“A number of seafarers were unable to board flights to New Zealand after testing positive during pre-departure testing.
Managed isolation and quarantine facilities have strengthened procedures and protocols to ensure risks to others in the group and facilities are reduced. “
The ministry said there were a total of 19 cases – in people in managed isolation facilities – linked to the UK strain of coronavirus that is spreading rapidly. One case relates to South African tensions, the ministry said.
“Most of these people came to New Zealand from the UK, via the UAE, Qatar or Singapore,” the ministry said.
Renewed tensions have forced Britain to return to lockdown amid fears its health system will be overwhelmed.
On Saturday, the British government reported the number of confirmed deaths had reached 80,868 – the highest in Europe and the fifth highest number of pandemic deaths in the world. The day before, the country’s daily reported deaths hit a record high of 1325.
The new and more contagious British variant can be transmitted more easily than other strains of the virus.
However, there is no evidence at this stage that the length of the infection period differs from other variants of Covid-19 or makes people sicker, said a ministry statement.
The ministry said those who tested positive for the new strain were being treated with the same high-level infection precautions as all Covid-19 cases.
“An infection prevention control protocol is in place for all staff and we can assure the public that there is no increased risk to society,” the statement said.
Hamilton District Court is placed at a The lockdown was brief on Wednesday after a woman working in a managed isolation facility appeared in court and informed a staff member that he had a cold and was awaiting the results of his Covid-19 test.
The lockdown was lifted after about an hour and a half, and about 40 to 50 community members were allowed out, but the court remained closed for the rest of the day.