Covid-19: India records 12,899 new cases

Overall the number of new cases in the community has gone down slightly from five in the week before to four in the past week. — TODAY pic

Overall the number of new cases in the community has gone down slightly from five in the week before to four in the past week. — TODAY pic

MOH said the woman, who is asymptomatic, was detected when she took a Covid-19 pre-departure test on Tuesday, before going back to India.

She had been self-isolating at home and regularly tested on January 27 and 30, then again on February 1 and February 2 as a close contact of a previously reported community case.

"The difference in new recoveries outnumbering new cases has also improved the recovery rate to97.13 percent".

The Ministry of Health on Tuesday said the new Covid-19 wave sweeping through Vietnam since late last month was caused by the United Kingdom coronavirus variant, after gene sequencing revealed 11 Covid-19 cases in Hai Duong and one in HCMC to be infected by the strain.

The new case is the mother and wife of the two community cases who tested positive last Wednesday.

Director-General of Health Ashely Bloomfield said there are 7 new cases - 6 in managed isolation.

The number of unlinked cases in the community increased from one case in the week before to three cases in the past week.

She was tested on consecutive days this week because she became symptomatic.

On the Pullman report, Hipkins said he had not seen it yet.

Hipkins said the health risk to the public was low because of this.

Hipkins said New Zealand had "deliberately overordered" Covid-19 vaccines so if there is too much, it can be sent back.

He said as the science tells the Government more about the vaccine programme, it will "fine tune" it and its rollout. This is the first vaccine to go through the approvals process.

If not, he said that NZ Olympians might be pushed ahead in the queue.

This morning, it was confirmed that a person had died at the Crowne Plaza managed isolation facility at roughly 7.30 last night. It is followed by Kerala with 16 new daily deaths, the union health ministry said.

One of the cases had travelled to New Zealand via Singapore, another from the United States.

Nguyen Trung Cap, deputy director of the National Hospital for Tropical Diseases, said most of the patients in Hai Duong did not have noticeable symptoms, making it hard to determine the exact time of exposure.

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