First case of Coronavirus Virus confirmed in Auckland New Zealand

29 Février, 2020, 00:54 | Auteur: Anatole Charbonneau
  • Auckland City Hospital

New Zealand's Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern confirmed the man had tested positive during a trip to Sydney, where she was meeting with Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison.

New Zealand's Ministry of Health said in a statement it was confident the public health risk from the infection was being well managed.

Earlier, Health Minister David Clark said New Zealand was introducing strict travel bans on arrivals from Iran similar to those already imposed on arrivals from China.

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They are a citizen of New Zealand, and had been in Iran and were returning home.

The person's household contacts are in isolation as a precaution.

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Dr. Ashley Bloomfield, director-general of New Zealand's Ministry of Health, speaks at a press conference in Auckland, New Zealand on February 5, 2020. "Public health officials have begun tracing the patient's other close contacts to ensure appropriate protection measures are in place, including on the flight involved which originated in Tehran and came via Bali".

"We are now asking New Zealanders who have returned from Iran in the last 14 days to self-isolate and register with Healthline".

"The information that's coming out of Iran appears to be out of step with what's coming out of other countries in terms of the death rate per incidence".

Australia has 24 confirmed cases.

Authorities would also be contacting flight crew. Almost 100 cases have been exported from Iran to 11 countries, he said. The virus broke out in Wuhan, China in January. The origins of the virus aren't known.

There is no known vaccine and no proven existing treatments.

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