Covid 19 coronavirus: Latest information on current and any new cases

Health authorities are set to provide an update on the latest Covid-19 information and cases at 1pm.

It comes after it was revealed there were nine new cases of the virus in New Zealand yesterday, one part of the Auckland marine engineer cluster.

The latest addition to the cluster is a household contact of one of the previous cases. They were already in self-isolation.

Eight cases were detected in managed isolation facilities, seven of which involve the fishing crew at the Christchurch facility.

The other case in managed isolation arrived from Iran via Dubai on October 19. They tested positive on day three and are now in the Auckland quarantine facility.

New Zealand’s total number of active cases is 66 and the total number of confirmed cases is 1567.

Elsewhere, the United States has set a new record for the highest number of new Covid-19 infections in a single-day.

America reported 77,640 new cases on Thursday, according to NBC News, surpassing its previous record of 75,723 set on July 29.

It also recorded another 921 deaths, bringing the total death toll to more than 220,000.

Director general of health Ashley Bloomfield said yesterday he was feeling comfortable that level 1 was the right setting and the Auckland cluster is well-contained.

Health Minister Chris Hipkins said at this point the cluster wasn’t causing him heightened levels of anxiety “just usual levels of anxiety”.

There would be a “very intensive” campaign over the next 72 hours to encourage the public to use the app.

“The more we scan, the safer we’ll be,” Bloomfield said.

Community testing over Labour weekend

Hipkins said it was “imperative” that people with symptoms get a test quickly. Auckland will have seven community centres open over the long weekend.

Bloomfield thanked New Zealanders – especially Aucklanders – “for doing the right thing” as it would help their families and communities stay safe.

Hipkins asked anyone who is sick to stay at home, call Healthline, and get a test.

He also asked people to use the Covid Tracer app and to wear a face-covering in places where it wasn’t possible to physically distance, such as on public transport or planes.

“We know how to prevent the spread of Covid-19 in New Zealand; we’ve done it many many times.”

The marine engineer cluster

The marine employee cluster has increased to include three other positive cases and has businesses throughout Auckland scrambling.

A marine engineer is thought to have caught Covid-19 while working on a foreign vessel before passing it onto two colleagues.

A household contact of one of the cases, it is unclear who, has also tested positive and was one of yesterday’s nine new Covid-19 cases.

The 27-year-old marine engineer is an electronics technician understood to work at Albany-based Wright Technologies.

According to experts, he’s the “hero” who may have saved the country from a new community outbreak by acting swiftly.

The man worked on a Liberian-flagged cargo ship named the Sofrana Surville, which arrived at the Ports of Auckland just before noon on Monday, October 12.

It had sailed from Papua New Guinea, to the Solomon Islands, to Brisbane, to Tauranga and then to Auckland.

On Tuesday, October 13, the engineer, garbed in a mask and gloves, stepped aboard the Sofrana Surville and got to work.

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