A border worker in Wellington is among six new Covid-19 cases reported in New Zealand on Saturday.
The Ministry of Health said five of the cases had been detected in managed isolation, but one was a border guard already in quarantine.
This person was a close contact of Case B in the November quarantine group.
Case B is a Civil Defense employee from Wellington who helped run a workshop on Army values in Auckland.
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They infected another Defense Force civilian, case C, over an afternoon lunch at a Malaysian restaurant back in the capital.
The frontier worker (Case F) had been self-isolated at home since November 7, but chose to transfer to managed isolation on November 11.
They had a negative test on day 5 but were confirmed as a case on Saturday after returning a positive test around day 12.
They stand in an isolated managed facility in Wellington.
All the close contacts of Case F have been followed up, tested and returned negative results, the Ministry of Health said.
Among the other five cases, there were two people who arrived from Qatar on November 17 and returned a positive result in the routine test of day 3.
The two were being transferred to the Aucklands quarantine facility, Jet Park.
Another case arrived from Germany via Qatar and Australia on November 10 and returned a positive result after a series of previous tests that returned inconclusive results.
They were transferred to Jet Park.
Two other cases arrived from the United States on November 14 and are now in quarantine in Christchurch.
Four additional cases were recovered, meaning there were 42 active cases of the virus in New Zealand.
The total number of confirmed cases in the country is now 1663.
On Friday, labs processed 7014 tests, bringing the total number of tests completed so far to 1,224,397.
This level of testing as well as the rapid identification, tracking, testing and isolation of close contacts ensures that this group is adhered to at this stage, the ministry said.
November quarantine batch
What is known as the November quarantine group stems from a Defense Force employee (Case A) who was stationed in the Aucklands quarantine environment, Jet Park.
The group also includes Cases B, C, D, E and now F.
Case B is a Defense Force civilian employee from Wellington who helped run a workshop on Army values and Case C is another Defense Force civilian.
Case D is an AUT student who tested positive for the virus on November 12 after Case A spent time in the city where she lives and works while being infected the next day of the seminar, November 5.
Case D infected a neighbor in 106 Vincent St apartments, known as Case E.
On Friday, three cases of coronavirus were found in managed isolation.
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