Sun, 20 Sep 2020

WELLINGTON, Sept. 15 (Xinhua) -- New Zealand confirmed three new imported cases of COVID-19 on Tuesday, all detected in recent returnees in managed isolation facilities.

The three cases are a man in his 30s and two children who arrived together from Dubai on September 9. They have been in managed isolation at the Ibis Hotel in Rotorua and tested positive for COVID-19 during routine testing around day 3 of their stay, according to the Ministry of Health.

There are no new community cases to report.

There are 56 people linked to the community cluster who remain in the Auckland quarantine facility, which includes 26 people who have tested positive for COVID-19 and their household contacts, said a ministry statement.

There are currently four people in hospital with COVID-19, with two in ICU, it said.

With Tuesday's three new cases and 16 additional recovered cases, the country's total number of active cases is 83. Of those, 28 are imported cases in managed isolation facilities, and 55 are community cases, the statement said.

New Zealand's total number of confirmed cases of COVID-19 is now 1,450, which is the number reported to the World Health Organization, it said.

New Zealand, except its largest city Auckland, will relax its COVID-19 restrictions by moving to Alert Level 1 next Monday, Sept. 21, Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said on Monday.

Meanwhile, the government also announced to relax public transport distancing requirements. Air New Zealand has sold about 70,000 tickets in six hours Monday after the cabinet announcement.

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