WELLINGTON, Nov. 22 — New Zealand reported nine new cases of COVID-19 on Sunday, said the Ministry of Health in a statement.
All of the nine new cases were recent returnees detected in managed isolation, while no new case was detected in the community, said the ministry.
“The varied origins of the imported cases is a clear reminder that as COVID-19 continues to batter countries and jurisdictions around the globe, mandatory isolation and testing will continue to be of critical importance as high numbers of New Zealanders return home before the holiday period,” said the ministry.
According to the ministry, there are currently 50 active cases of COVID-19 in New Zealand and the total number of confirmed cases in the country is now 1,672.
Laboratories across New Zealand processed 6,504 tests for COVID-19 on Saturday, bringing the total number of tests completed to date to 1,230,901.
“We have the best chance of staying ahead of COVID-19 if everyone who becomes unwell with cold or flu-like symptoms stays at home and seeks a test quickly, and all New Zealanders are keeping track of where they’ve been and who they’ve seen,” said the ministry.