2 new cases of Covid-19 in New Zealand, one further death

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WELLINGON (RNZ Pacific/Pacnews) — There had been two new cases of Covid-19 reported in New Zealand in the past 24 hours and one further death, the Health Ministry said Tuesday.

Director-General of Health Dr. Ashley Bloomfield said there was one new confirmed and one probable case.

The confirmed case was related to the Marist College cluster, while the probable case has been linked to the St. Margaret's rest home cluster.

Dr. Bloomfield said about 250 people linked to the Marist cluster have been tested so far and this case was the only case.

“The student has what we call a 'weak positive test' and is almost certainly late in the course of the infection.”

He said this meant it was unlikely they were infectious, but the student would remain in isolation and be re-tested in a week's time.

Dr. Bloomfield also said there had been one further death from the Rosewood rest home cluster — a woman in her 60s who had been recorded as a probable case and had underlying health conditions.

“This woman has been at Rosewood since 2011 and was a much-loved member of the Rosewood family, and a staff member was comforting her when she passed away.”

There were 4,772 tests processed Tuesday, bringing the total to 160,700 tests. There are no new clusters and three have been closed.

Dr. Bloomfield said the continuing low numbers continued to be encouraging.

“But we are by no means out of the woods, we need everyone to stick to the plan and continue to follow the rules around alert level 3.

“And not doing so does risk undoing all the good work we have achieved so far, we have seen how quickly this virus can spread, so do not give it an inch,” he said.

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