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New Zealand reports no new cases of COVID-19

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New Zealand reported no new cases of COVID-19 on Tuesday, according to the Ministry of Health.

This means the number of active cases in New Zealand remains at 22. All active cases are those who have recently returned from overseas and are in managed isolation facilities. There have been no cases of community transmission, said a ministry statement.

One person remains in the Auckland City Hospital in a stable condition, it said.

The total number of confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the country remains at 1,178, which is the number reported to the World Health Organization, it said.

Over the last few months, the government has worked to establish strong supply chain links for both testing and PPE (Personal Protective Equipment) supplies. Globally, supply chains remain under significant stress, according to the ministry.

“We are ensuring we have sufficient stocks here in New Zealand to give us a buffer if supply chains are disrupted,” Director-General of Health Ashley Bloomfield said in the statement.

“Some items of PPE such as gloves are in short supply globally. We are working with infection prevention control specialists to ensure the correct PPE is being used and that where appropriate alternatives exist, these are used,” he said.

“At current usage rates of PPE, New Zealand has a minimum of three months stock of all PPE items required to deal with COVID-19. For most items, we have over six months,” Bloomfield said.

“We continue to work to bring in PPE to support New Zealand if there is an increase in infections. In the last two weeks, for example, 63 million items of PPE have landed in New Zealand.”

New Zealand is also in a good position with its supplies for testing, he said, adding the current stock across the country is sufficient to enable 253,190 tests.

“We have sufficient supplies of lab consumables and swabs already in the country and more are arriving regularly,” he said.

The number of COVID-19 related deaths in New Zealand is 22.

(XINHUA)

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