Update on Covid-19: No new community cases as vaccination program continues

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There have been no new community cases and only one imported case of Covid-19 reported today in New Zealand, as the vaccine rollout in that country continues this afternoon.

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In a statement, the Department of Health said a previously reported case has now been reclassified as “under investigation”, so the total number of active cases in New Zealand remains at 51 and the total number of confirmed cases is still from 1994.

The ministry said the full travel history of the only new case in isolation being managed was still under review, but it arrived in New Zealand on February 16.

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There have been no community cases since Friday, when family contact from three previous community cases in Auckland tested positive.

The ministry said all close contacts associated with the Auckland community cases returned negative results.

“We remind all students and school staff to stay home and take an exam if they haven’t already. The school is scheduled to return on Monday February 22. The close contacts of the ‘school won’t be able to return until they have Public Health told them they can. “

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The latest figures have come out as the government’s rollout of the Covid-19 vaccine continues to gain momentum.

Yesterday, around 70 Jet Park workers were the first in the government’s plan to vaccinate 12,000 isolation, quarantine and border workers managed in the coming weeks.

More and more Auckland border residents are receiving the vaccine today, and staff in Wellington will receive it tomorrow. Hundreds of port and maritime workers will also start getting vaccinated tomorrow.

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They will need a second injection of the vaccine within 21 days.

The ministry said 7,392 tests were processed on Friday and the total number of tests processed in New Zealand labs is now 1,658,429.

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