New Zealand records first new cases for weeks

  16 June 2020    Read: 404
New Zealand records first new cases for weeks

New Zealand has broken a 24-day streak of no new cases of Covid-19 in the country, recording two new infections from returning overseas travellers. Both of the new cases, which are related, have been diagnosed “as a result of recent travel from the UK,” health officials have just announced.

More details will be given at a news conference in two hours.

New Zealand’s government reported that it was free of Covid-19 last week after the last remaining sufferer from the virus recovered. However, the country’s top health official said at the time that there would inevitably be more cases as new arrivals entered the country.

New Zealanders, their families, and particular essential workers, are the only people currently permitted to enter the country. They must stay in government-run quarantine for two weeks, during which time they will be tested twice for the virus.

The country has recorded less than 1,500 confirmed cases of Covid-19, and 22 deaths, after a strict and early national lockdown.

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