3 new imported cases of COVID-19

Media release

17 October 2020

There are three new cases of COVID-19 to report from managed isolation in New Zealand today.

The imported historical case will be officially reported in the Ministry’s figures tomorrow.  Information about this case was included in our update yesterday.

For the three cases reported today, the first imported case arrived from the UK via Singapore on October 9 and is in managed quarantine in Christchurch. They tested positive as part of routine testing around day three.

The second and third imported cases arrived from the United Arab Emirates on October 13 and are today being transferred from managed isolation to Auckland’s quarantine facility. They tested positive as part of routine testing around day three.

Our total number of confirmed cases of COVID-19 is 1,527, which is the number we report to the World Health Organization.

Nine people are now recovered which means our total number of active cases is 40 – all imported cases. There are no active community cases of COVID-19.  There is no one in hospital with COVID-19 in New Zealand.

Yesterday our laboratories processed 4,794 tests, bringing the total number of tests completed to date to 1,026,725.


There are now 2,308,900 users registered on NZ COVID Tracer.

The app has recorded a total of 93,174,782 poster scans, and users have created 3,894,448 manual diary entries.

Media contact
Peter Abernethy 
021 366 111

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