New Zealand reports first Covid case in community in two months

25 Janvier, 2021, 13:44 | Auteur: Anatole Charbonneau
  • Director-General of Health Ashley Bloomfield and Covid 19 Response Minister Chris Hipkins

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The test results were returned yesterday.

The woman lives just south of Whangārei and is now still there.

After leaving isolation, she went to Helensville, Mangawhai and Dargaville. "They were just spending time together", Bloomfield said of the couple.

The Ministry said now there are 25 patients with two additional patients in ICU at the Couva Hospital and Multi-training Facility, and 12 patients at the Caura Hospital.

The locations she visited include cafes and restaurants, retail outlets and tourist attractions.

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

The list of locations, potential exposure dates and times will be published and push notifications will be sent to people who may have come in contact with her. In the past it had caused alarm when the media had contacted some businesses before they knew they had been visited by a Covid case, Hipkins said. "There is a strong bipartisan consensus in the United States about the challenge that China presents to U.S. interests, and the need to be more forceful and assertive to protect them", he said.More from South China Morning Post: * Will Joe Biden meet Xi Jinping?

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

She travelled to New Zealand from London via Singapore and arrived in Auckland on December 30.

The woman, who had returned from Europe, completed the mandatory two weeks in managed isolation and returned a negative test before leaving. She lives with one other person, her husband, who has been tested and is isolating while waiting for results.

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She developed symptoms on January 15 but didn't get a test for another week. She did not associate the mild symptoms with anything that could be Covid, Bloomfield said.

People in Australia must stay at least 1.5 metres away from others.

The Ministry of Health doesn't yet know origin or strain of infection but genome testing is under way to determine any connections to other cases in MIQ.

He said the case was of concern because of the transmissibility of the South African variant and because the woman had been in the community.

The Ministry of Health is working on the assumption the South African variant is a more transmissible variant. A number of the 13 or 14 people who have tested positive at the Pullman Hotel in recent weeks were infected by the faster-spreading United Kingdom or South African variants.

Hipkins said it could be up to 48 hours before there's enough information to make any calls on changing alert levels. The new case won't have an impact on the country's vaccination schedule. "President Biden looks forward to working with leaders in both parties to position America to out-compete China."Hua, from the Chinese foreign ministry, responded on Friday by accusing the Trump administration of having imposed thousands of sanctions on China.She said Beijing's measures were "completely appropriate and necessary, fully demonstrating the Chinese government's firm determination to safeguard national interests"."We have long said that unilateral sanctions harm others and hurt oneself, and just like a boomerang, sooner or later it will fly back", she said."McCaul's comments fully expose how some United States politicians only allow the U.S. to engage in arbitrary suppression and do not allow others to justly defend themselves against bullying, hegemony and hegemonic logic".

New Zealand health officials said on Sunday they were investigating a probable community coronavirus case, the country's first in months.

The Ministry of Health has chose to delay the release of 46 people who were due to complete their isolation at the Pullman Hotel today.

New Zealand Director-General of Health Dr Ashley Bloomfield.

"So that's some good news to start the day".


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