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WELLINGTON, New Zealand, Dec. 3 (Xinhua) -- New Zealand reported nine new cases of COVID-19 in managed isolation on Thursday. There are no new community cases.

Of the nine new cases, four are active cases while five are termed as "historical cases." People with a historical COVID-19 infection are not infectious, according to the Ministry of Health.

Of the active cases, one case arrived in New Zealand on Nov. 29 from Britain, who tested positive at day 3 of routine testing and has been transferred to the Auckland quarantine facility, said a ministry statement.

Two cases traveled together and arrived in New Zealand on Nov. 21 from Qatar. They tested positive at day 12 routine testing and have been transferred to the Auckland quarantine facility.

One case arrived in New Zealand on Nov. 30 from the United States, and tested positive at day 3 routine testing and has been transferred to the Auckland quarantine facility.

Of the historical cases, two members of the Pakistan men's cricket team were reported on Wednesday as under investigation as they tested positive at day 6 routine testing. They were confirmed as historical infections, and will be counted in the New Zealand total as they have not been counted overseas.

One case arrived in New Zealand on Nov. 17 from Germany via Singapore and tested positive on day 12 testing. Further investigation indicated this is a historic case.

Two cases, who traveled independently, arrived in New Zealand on Nov. 18 from the Netherlands via Singapore. They tested positive on day 12 testing. Further investigation indicates they are both historic cases.

Eleven previously reported cases have now recovered, bringing the country's total number of active cases to 70. The total number of confirmed cases is 1,713, the ministry said.

The Pakistan men's cricket team is scheduled to have its routine day 9 tests on Thursday. Decisions around exemptions from managed isolation requirements that would allow the team to train are still under consideration, the statement said.

(Photo credit: RNZ | Todd Niall).

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