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New Zealand reports no new cases of COVID-19

Xinhua
13 Jul 2020, 14:30 GMT+10

WELLINGTON, July 13 (Xinhua) -- New Zealand reported no new cases of COVID-19 on Monday, with the number of active cases in the country remaining at 25, all in managed isolation or quarantine facilities, according to the Ministry of Health.

It has been 73 days since the last case of COVID-19 was acquired locally from an unknown source, said a ministry statement.

The total number of confirmed cases remains at 1,194, which is the number reported to the World Health Organization, it said.

There is no one in New Zealand receiving hospital-level care for COVID-19, the statement added.

"There are three key groups now being tested," Director-General of Health Ashley Bloomfield told a press conference.

First, all returnees are tested at around the third day or the 12th day of their stay in managed isolation and at any time if they are symptomatic, Bloomfield said.

"The mandatory 14-day stay in managed isolation or quarantine is the key part of our border security, and the testing of returnees on or around days 3 and 12 provides additional reassurance," he said.

"Second, we continue testing people with cold or flu-like symptoms as part of our ongoing community testing and surveillance for the virus, and on the advice of the clinician," Bloomfield said.

The third group is people working in managed isolation and quarantine facilities and at the border, and air crew, who have the most sustained contact with returnees, he added.

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