NZ records COVID-19 death, one new case at border

  • NZ records COVID-19 death, one new case at border

NZ records COVID-19 death, one new case at border

Nigel Te Hiko has died in Waikato Hospital, almost two weeks after his brother Alan died in Auckland from the virus.

"The link has been identified to one of the community cases at the quarantine facility who required hospitalisation and was assessed and assisted by the healthcare worker", Bloomfield said at today's 1pm briefing.

Dr Ashley Bloomfield says the death was of a Māori man in 50s - a confirmed case who had been looked after in intensive care at Waikato Hospital.

The Ministry of Health said in a statement the pair's grieving family wanted to tell Kiwis "coronavirus is so real" and "if you are sick and have symptoms, stay home".

Our thoughts are with this man's family and friends during this hard time as they mourn the loss of their loved one. She is linked to the three border cases announced yesterday.

It marks the 25th death in New Zealand since the virus first arrived on our shores in February, and just the third since a resurgence in the community was detected on August 11. There are no new community cases. Two are in intensive care.

"Our national contact tracing system has recorded 85 close contacts identified from the three gym classes at Les Mills Takapuna - they have all been contacted and are self-isolating".

All have been contacted and are self-isolating, says Dr Bloomfield.

Yesterday there were no new cases in the community with the three confirmed cases being in managed isolation facilities at the border.

The Director-General of Health says he and other officials are growing increasingly confident they've been able to ring-fence the Auckland cluster.

The three cases are a man in his 30s and two children who arrived together from Dubai on September 9.

Another 195 casual gym contacts have been identified, 91 of which have returned a negative result.

The Auckland healthcare worker at a quarantine facility who tested positive has been epidemiologically linked to one of the community cases who was being cared for in the quarantine facility.

There were four people in hospital with Covid-19 - one was in isolation on a ward in Auckland City Hospital, and one was in isolation on a ward in Middlemore.

The total number of active cases is 79, 27 of those are imported cases.

By analyzing the non-identifiable electronic health records of millions of patients from 360 hospitals across the United States, the research team revealed that while individuals with an SUD constituted 10.3 percent of the total study population, they represented 15.6 percent of the Covid-19 cases.

Meanwhile another 9088 tests were processed on Tuesday, bringing the number of tests completed to date to 881,532.