New Zealand confirms 1st case of community virus transmission in two months

24 Janvier, 2021, 12:27 | Auteur: Anatole Charbonneau
  • Live updates, January 24: Probable new Northland community case went through MIQ in Auckland

While in the Netherlands she was with family members, all who were well at the time, but one or two have tested positive for Covid-19 since, said Ashley Bloomfield.

The woman tested negative on January 2 and 10 in managed isolation, and was released on January 13, after which she went home.

There is little information available about a new community case of Covid-19 identified by testing today - other than she is in Whangarei and used the Covid app "scrupulously' when travelling to Mangawhai, Dargaville and Helensville".

Four close contacts have been identified and while none are symptomatic, each has been ordered to take tests - along with their close contacts.

The Ministry of Health's website will be updated with the businesses and places she visited, as soon as business owners are notified, Dr Bloomfield says.

The woman had travelled to Spain and the Netherlands before arriving in New Zealand, he said.

The woman had travelled in Spain and the Netherlands late previous year.

"We are working on the assumption this is a positive case and that it is a more transmissible variant".

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She later developed symptoms and tested positive. She meant to get tested, she said. Further tests have been carried out, but the results are not out yet.

More than 600 people who had spent time in the hotel have been asked to self-isolate and be re-tested for Covid-19.

New Zealanders will find out on Monday whether a new case of COVID-19 will prompt new restrictions, or the infected woman's "extremely assiduous" personal contact tracing has stopped spread of the disease.

"In this case we are also casting the net wide to ensure we contain any potential community transmission. Genomic sequencing is a big part of the puzzle", said Hipkins, in response to questions about what risk the woman's movements pose to Northland.

Dr Bloomfield says anyone who is symptomatic, either in Northland or around the country, should get a test.

He called on everyone to scan QR codes, enable Bluetooth tracing, wear masks on public transport, wash their hands and stay home when unwell.

The Director-General of Health Dr Ashley Bloomfield and COVID-19 Response Minister Chris Hipkins will provide an update on the probable case of COVID-19 in Northland.

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