Covid 19 coronavirus: Today’s update from Ministry of Health on possible new cases at border

The Ministry of Health is set to deliver today’s Covid-19 update on any new cases at 1pm, after there were two cases in managed isolation yesterday.

There were no new cases in the community yesterday.

Of yesterday’s cases in managed isolation cases, one case arrived on January 26 from the UK and travelled via Singapore. They tested positive on about day 16.

The second case arrived on February 7 also from the UK and travelled via United Arab Emirates. They tested positive on day three.

Twelve previously reported cases have now recovered. The total number of active cases in New Zealand is 44.

The country’s total number of confirmed cases is 1970. The total number of tests processed by laboratories to date is 1,578,782.

From February 20, border and MIQ workers in Auckland will be offered the Pfizer/BioNTech Covid-19 vaccine.

Speaking to media in Auckland this morning, Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said it would take roughly two to three weeks for all 12,000 frontline workers to receive the jab.

After that rollout is complete, their family members will be offered the vaccination.

“Healthcare and essential workers and those most at risk from Covid-19 will follow in quarter two, before vaccination of the wider population in the second half of the year,” Ardern said.

She added that it would take all year for the full vaccination programme to be rolled out in its entirety.

“This will be New Zealand’s largest-ever vaccination campaign.”

Today was the first time the Government has put any kind of timeline on the vaccine rollout.

Yesterday’s sole new Covid case arrived on February 8 from the US. The infection was picked up as a result of day 0 testing.

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