New Zealand reports two new COVID-19 cases, both from the Philippines

  • New Zealand reported two new COVID-19 cases
  • The health ministry said both patients were travellers from the Philippines but didn’t confirm if they were Filipinos
  • NZ currently has 24 active cases in managed isolation facilities

New Zealand has recorded two new COVID-19 cases, and unfortunately both were travellers from the Philippines.

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After declaring that they are on their way to successfully defeating COVID-19, the New Zealand Health Ministry has recorded two new COVID-19 cases. According to the health ministry, the two patients arrived in New Zealand from the Philippines via Hong Kong.

The two patients are now in isolation facilities. The first case is a man in his 20s who arrived in New Zealand on July 23.

“He has been in managed isolation at the Rydges in Rotorua and tested negative for COVID-19 around day three of his stay. He has been transferred to the Auckland quarantine facility after testing positive around day 12 of his stay in managed isolation,” the health ministry said on NZ Herald.

The second patient is a woman in her 40s who arrived in the country on August 1. She tested positive for the coronavirus around the third day of her stay in an isolation facility.

Although New Zealand identified the travelers as having come from the Philippines, its health ministry did not say if they are Filipinos. The two new cases brought their total of active cases in managed isolation facilities to 24, the Ministry of Health said.

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Last June, Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern was thrilled to announce that they were ready to announce that they defeated the COVID-19 pandemic. At that time, they had no active case for the first time since February 28.

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