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Wednesday, January 20, 2021

New Zealand Records 25 New COVID-19 Cases

The Ministry of Health of New Zealand has reported 25 new COVID-19 cases, on October 21, two of which are local cases and the rest are imported cases caught in the border.

The Ministry of Health of New Zealand has reported 25 new COVID-19 cases, on October 21, two of which are local cases and the rest are imported cases caught in the border.

The 23 imported cases tested positive at managed isolation facilities.

Eighteen of the imported cases arrived from Russia via Singapore on a chartered flight last October 16. They have been placed under quarantine at a hotel.

Director-General of Health Dr. Ashley Bloomfield told reporters that those who arrived from Russia were tested before they left.

“At least one person must have boarded that plane who was infectious,” Bloomfield said, adding that finding the infections is “absolutely the system working.”

The two local cases were contacts of a port worker that was tested positive last October 18.

The new daily tally is the country’s highest in several weeks, but the country remains at Alert Level 1 where wearing masks is only encouraged, not required.

The new cases increased the currently active cases in the country to 56, amounting to a total number of 1,556 confirmed cases nationwide.

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