Sat, 27 Feb 2021

WELLINGTON, Jan. 15 (Xinhua) -- New Zealand reported 18 COVID-19 cases in managed isolation since the last media statement on Wednesday. There are no new cases in the community.

The new border cases came from Britain, the United States, South Africa, Bahrain, Russia, United Arab Emirates, Italy, India and Malaysia, according to the Ministry of Health on Friday.

Two of these cases are classified as historical and deemed not infectious, said a ministry statement.

Four of them have been staying in Christchurch isolation facilities, with the rest being quarantined in Auckland facilities, it said.

Four cases have now recovered bringing the total number of active cases in New Zealand to 76. The total number of confirmed cases is 1,890, according to the ministry.

Meanwhile, New Zealand imposed new pre-departure testing requirement. From 11:59 p.m. on Friday, travelers from the United States and Britain will be required to produce a negative test result for COVID-19 upon landing in New Zealand. Travelers will be required to provide evidence of their pre-departure test result as they go through Customs, it said.

This measure is in addition to travelers arriving from the United States and Britain requiring a COVID-19 test on day 0/1 and needing to stay in their rooms until a test result is available, it added.

Pre-departure testing will soon be expanded to include all countries excluding Australia, Antarctica and some Pacific Island nations. These additional requirements have been put in place to further strengthen the border, to protect New Zealand from COVID-19 and new emerging variants, according to the ministry.

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