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There are six new Covid cases in managed isolation to report today.
The update comes after the Ministry of Health confirmed seven more crew members on board a container ship returned positive results last night.
It follows the confirmation that two crew members of the Mattina vessel had become infected with Covid after showing symptoms earlier.
All nine people affected, as well as eight other crew members, remain on board the Mattina; which remains in quarantine at the port in Bluff.
Health authorities from the Southern District Health Board are now working to determine what the next steps for the ship will be.
“The Mattina remains in quarantine in a secure area of the port which is inaccessible to members of the public and fencing will be put up to further restrict access to ship.”
The Mattina is the third vessel to pass through New Zealand waters to be struck by Covid-19.
Thirteen of the 18-strong crew of the Playa Zahara fishing vessel are now in managed isolation and quarantine in Christchurch.
Five staff remain onboard the ship and plans are in place for regular health checks for them. Plans are also in place if anyone becomes sick.
A total of 15 crew members from the Viking Bay tested positive for Covid before that.
There continues to be no reports of Covid-19 anywhere in the community in New Zealand.
Yesterday’s update showed no community cases and three positive cases in managed isolation facilities.
The first person travelled on a flight from Serbia and Montenegro, via the United Arab Emirates, last Wednesday (July 14) and tested positive on the third day of their routine testing.
They are in an Auckland managed isolation and quarantine facility.
The second returnee touched down in Auckland on Friday (July 16) from an undisclosed origin – via Singapore – and tested positive on their first routine test.
The last traveller is from Eritrea, Eastern Africa, who arrived here on Saturday (July 17).
Health officials reported yesterday that one previously reported case has now recovered and the number of active cases in the country stands at 47.
The seven-day rolling average of new cases found at the border is seven. The total number of confirmed cases in New Zealand, to date, is 2461.