The Ministry of Health will give the latest update on Covid-19 cases at 1pm today.
There were two new cases of Covid-19 yesterday – one in managed isolation and one historical, detected during contact tracing.
Neither of the new cases are in the community.
The imported case is a man in his 30s who arrived in New Zealand from Russia via the United Arab Emirates and tested positive on his third day in isolation.
The historical case was a passenger on a charter plane from Christchurch to Auckland. Three other people on that flight have already tested positive.
The person had returned negative tests at day 3 and day 12 of their managed isolation, the ministry said.
“From additional testing and serology analysis, we have determined there is no link to the Christchurch returnee group,” the Ministry of Health said in a statement.
“Any infection would have occurred overseas prior to the person returning to New Zealand earlier this month and they are no longer infectious.”
“As we have previously said about historical cases, we know that some people can return a positive PCR test long after they have recovered from the illness and are no longer infectious.”
All 86 passengers on the flight have now been tested, except one, a young child. All have been negative apart from the three previously reported cases and the one case confirmed today.
That testing regime was started after a man in his 40s and flew home to Auckland on a chartered flight. He had returned to New Zealand from India on September 11 and spent 14 days in managed isolation in Christchurch.