Covid-19: 15 new cases in Singapore, five imported

Tourists wearing masks on a street in Singapore. The republic has seen 57,142 recoveries from the coronavirus. – EPA pic

Mainland China has recently reported very few infections with the virus which emerged in Wuhan late a year ago, with just 10 new COVID-19 cases on Saturday.

"Basically 14 days has always been a practical maximum, but we've always known there was potential for the maximum to be longer than 14 days in very rare cases", he said.

The ministry said another possibility was that the case may have been infected during the flight from Christchurch to Auckland.

"Having returnees stay in managed isolation for 14 days remains the gold standard, and this is also the approach adopted by other countries".

The first theory is that Covid was caught overseas or on its global trip, had an incubation period higher than usual, and symptoms appeared three weeks later.

He was then tested after developing symptoms on September 16 and returned a positive result.

In August, local authorities in two Chinese cities said they had found traces of the virus on cargoes of imported frozen food.

"The vast majority of people who are infected with covid-19 will become unwell within 14 days", said the ministry.

In the full data released late Friday, the ministry classified 1,006 of the reported cases as imported, 2,242 as community cases and 54,295 involving dorm residents.

The four imported cases had all been placed on stay-home notice upon arrival in Singapore. Instead, health officials say they are three members of the same family as one man who recently returned to NZ but passed away separately without a positive result. It said other passengers from that flight were now being contacted and assessed as a precautionary measure. Anyone who develops symptoms of Covid-19 should get tested and self-isolate while awaiting results as these people did.

The Ministry says 34 are imported cases in isolation and quarantine facilities, and 33 are community cases.

"The second imported case reported today is a man in his 20s who arrived from India via Singapore on September 12".

Since August 12, contact tracing teams have identified 3916 close contacts of cases, of which 3912 have been contacted and are self-isolating.

The current number of active cases in New Zealand has reduced to 71, including three patients in Auckland hospitals.

The total number of cases New Zealand has confirmed is now 1464.

More than 900,000 tests have now been carried out in New Zealand, with another 8359 processed yesterday.



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