New Zealand detects first community virus case in two months

25 Janvier, 2021, 02:49 | Auteur: Anatole Charbonneau
  • Director-General of Health Ashley Bloomfield and Covid 19 Response Minister Chris Hipkins

New Zealand has reported 1,927 confirmed COVID-19 cases and 25 deaths.

"We are working under the assumptions that this is a positive case and that it is a more transmissible variant, either the one identified first in South Africa or the United Kingdom, or potentially Brazil - or another transmissible variant", Ashley Bloomfield, New Zealand's director-general of health, said at a news conference, according to Reuters.

New Zealand has reported its first coronavirus case outside of a quarantine facility in more than two months, although there is no immediate evidence the virus is spreading in the community.

Health Minister Chris Hipkins said it was too soon to decide whether a full or partial lockdown would be reintroduced.

The woman visited a number of places in New Zealand's Northland region after leaving isolation.

New Zealand health authorities are contact tracing nearly 30 venues visited by the woman.

The woman travelled in Spain and the Netherlands.

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More than 600 people who had spent time in the hotel have been asked to self-isolate and be re-tested for Covid-19. The woman began to experience muscle soreness a few days after leaving managed isolation in mid-January.

The woman lives with just one person, her husband, who is not symptomatic but has been tested. That person has been tested and is also isolating while awaiting results. Testing centres would be set up around Mangawhai.

Health officials praised the woman's vigilance in using a COVID-19 tracing app to record her movements. "They were not meeting friends, just spending that time together", said Director-General of Health Ashley Bloomfield.

"This is a reminder to all of us that the pandemic continues and that this is a tricky virus", he said.

He called on everyone to scan QR codes, enable Bluetooth tracing, wear masks on public transport, wash their hands and stay home when unwell. China sanctions US lawmakers, officials over Hong Kong, Taiwan movesBeijing has called for a reset in relations with Washington, after months of disputes over issues including trade, technology, strategic influence, ideology, Xinjiang, Hong Kong, Taiwan and the South China Sea.But analysts said the political consensus in Washington for a tougher policy on China had hardened and Beijing's increasingly assertive foreign policy would make it hard for an easing in the strategic rivalry.Drew Thompson, a former US Defence Department official responsible for China, Taiwan and Mongolia, said he expected Chinese President Xi Jinping would seek to reverse some of the Trump administration's measures on China, but Biden had little incentive to compromise.While Biden would certainly seek to engage with Xi, China was deeply committed to its existing model of governance and its more aggressive and often antagonistic foreign policy, he said."This leaves little room for Biden to explore areas of meaningful cooperation, leaving the two sides to manage differences and focus on reducing the risk of miscalculation and avoiding conflict", he said.

"We are working under the assumptions that this is a positive case and that it is a more transmissible variant, either the one identified first in South Africa or the United Kingdom, or potentially Brazil - or another transmissible variant", Director-General of Health Ashley Bloomfield told a news conference. Genome sequencing could help officials connect the case to others in managed isolation or to her family members overseas.

Several of the 13 people who tested positive in the Pullman Hotel while the woman was there were infected with the more transmissible British and South African variants.

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