New Zealand reported no new cases of COVID-19 for two consecutive days on Wednesday, according to the Ministry of Health.
The number of active cases in New Zealand remains at 22. All the active cases have recently returned from overseas and are or were in managed isolation facilities, said a ministry statement.
There have been no cases of community transmission, it said, adding one person remains in Auckland City Hospital in a stable condition on a ward.
The country’s total number of confirmed cases of COVID-19 remains at 1,178, which is the number reported to the World Health Organization, it said.
“The number of COVID-19 cases worldwide continues to increase and some countries continue to experience a resurgence,” Director-General of Health Ashley Bloomfield told a press conference.
“It’s good news that all of our currently active cases have been caught at the border, and there is no evidence of community transmission. However, we will continue widespread testing of people with symptoms across the community as part of our ongoing surveillance,” he said.
Bloomfield called for demonstrating compassion to New Zealanders returning home, adding, “This is not a time for discrimination.”
The number of COVID-19 related deaths in New Zealand was 22.