NZ reports new COVID-19 case after 102 days

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NZ reports new COVID-19 case after 102 days

NZ reports new COVID-19 case after 102 days

IANS   ¦    Aug 11, 2020 11:40:06 AM (IST)

NZ reports new COVID-19 case after 102 days-1Wellington: New Zealand reported one new COVID-19 case on Tuesday, after a period of 102 days, taking the total number of active cases in the country to 22, all in managed isolation or quarantine facilities, according to the Ministry of Health.

Tuesday's case was a man in his 20s who arrived in New Zealand on July 30 from Melbourne, Xinhua news agency quoted Director-General of Health Ashley Bloomfield as saying at a press conference.

He was in managed isolation at the Grand Millennium and tested negative for COVID-19 around day three of his stay, but turned positive some nine days later and has now been transferred to the Auckland quarantine facility, Bloomfield said.

This case brought New Zealand's total number of confirmed cases of COVID-19 to 1,220.

None of those people is receiving hospital-level care, he said.

The Ministry is planning for a COVID-19 immunization program, and while there is still significant uncertainty on what a potential COVID-19 vaccine might be and how it will be delivered.

The death toll stands at 22.