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Sport New Zealand probing for outbreak source, may expand lockdown

07:40  14 august  2020
07:40  14 august  2020 Source:   ap.org

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After more than 100 days without community transmission, New Zealand is now grappling with a fresh coronavirus outbreak in its largest city, Auckland. Key points: The city of Auckland is back in lockdown after four initial positive cases. The NZ Government is attempting to track down the original source of

New Zealand Outbreak Spreads Beyond Auckland (9:12 a.m. HK). The cluster of infections that began in Auckland earlier this week has grown to 30, including a probable case, and two in the North Island town of Tokoroa, Health Director-General Ashley Bloomfield told reporters in Wellington.

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — Health authorities said Friday they were investigating whether shipping workers were a source of New Zealand's first domestic coronavirus outbreak in more than three months.

Cars queue at a COVID-19 test centre in Auckland, New Zealand, Thursday, Aug. 13, 2020. Health authorities in New Zealand are scrambling to trace the source of a new outbreak of the coronavirus as the nation's largest city goes back into lockdown. (AP Photo/Dean Purcel) © Provided by Associated Press Cars queue at a COVID-19 test centre in Auckland, New Zealand, Thursday, Aug. 13, 2020. Health authorities in New Zealand are scrambling to trace the source of a new outbreak of the coronavirus as the nation's largest city goes back into lockdown. (AP Photo/Dean Purcel)

The outbreak has grown to 30 people and extended beyond Auckland, the country's largest city, for the first time.

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New Zealand has recorded 13 new cases of coronavirus in the community. Health authorities have said they will swab the site to rule out freight as a possible source of the New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern will today announce whether the current stage 3 lockdown in Auckland will

The new outbreak led the government to impose a strict lockdown in Auckland on Wednesday. Experts said a genetic analysis of the four new But the fresh outbreak threatens to dent New Zealand ’s nascent recovery, prompting the Reserve Bank of New Zealand to expand its quantitative

Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern is scheduled to announce later whether a three-day lockdown in Auckland would be extended past Friday, which seemed likely given the increase in cases.

Until the cluster was discovered Tuesday, New Zealand had gone 102 days without community-spread infections, with the only known cases all travelers quarantined after arriving from abroad.

Health officials don’t believe the virus was lurking undetected in the community for months but believe it started with a returning traveler or a border worker. But stumped officials have yet to discover the origins.

All but one of the 30 cases in the outbreak are linked, most through family or work connections. The only known infections outside Auckland were two people in the central North Island town of Tokoroa who were linked to the Auckland cluster by a family visit. Officials said they thought the chances were low the virus would spread further in Tokoroa.

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New Zealand has put its largest city back into lockdown after recording four new Covid-19 cases, ending a 102-day streak without a local infection. A three-day lockdown was swiftly imposed in Auckland after the cases were confirmed. The four new cases are all members of a single family.

Cars queue at a COVID-19 test centre in Auckland, New Zealand, Thursday, Aug. 13, 2020. Health authorities in New Zealand are scrambling to trace the source of a new outbreak of the coronavirus as the nation's largest city goes back into lockdown. (AP Photo/Dean Purcel) © Provided by Associated Press Cars queue at a COVID-19 test centre in Auckland, New Zealand, Thursday, Aug. 13, 2020. Health authorities in New Zealand are scrambling to trace the source of a new outbreak of the coronavirus as the nation's largest city goes back into lockdown. (AP Photo/Dean Purcel)

Director-General of Health Ashley Bloomfield said they had only started investigating the 30th case, which was the most recent found and also the first person in the outbreak to be hospitalized.

Several of those infected work at an Americold food storage facility in the Auckland suburb of Mt. Wellington. Officials are looking at the possibility that workers on a freight ship or at the port may have spread the infections, despite physical distancing requirements at those sites and orders preventing ship workers coming ashore.

Bloomfield said they were doing rigorous testing at Auckland's port “as part of our investigation just to follow that chain of the Americold goods that might have come in through the port and been transported to that Mt. Wellington depot.”

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Auckland, New Zealand ’s largest city is in a strict lockdown for three days in an attempt to trace the source of the latest outbreak , at which point Ardern’s government will make its decision about whether the dissolution of Parliament should be deferred further.

Information on outbreak in New Zealand city from trusted source , says Winston Peters. New Zealand ’s deputy prime minister has said a “breach” in quarantine was responsible for the cluster of Covid-19 cases that has forced Auckland to re-enter strict lockdown for three days.

Cars queue at a COVID-19 test centre in Auckland, New Zealand, Thursday, Aug. 13, 2020. Health authorities in New Zealand are scrambling to trace the source of a new outbreak of the coronavirus as the nation's largest city goes back into lockdown. (AP Photo/Greg Bowker) © Provided by Associated Press Cars queue at a COVID-19 test centre in Auckland, New Zealand, Thursday, Aug. 13, 2020. Health authorities in New Zealand are scrambling to trace the source of a new outbreak of the coronavirus as the nation's largest city goes back into lockdown. (AP Photo/Greg Bowker)

Officials are also investigating the possibility the virus could have survived from abroad on chilled or frozen food boxes and then infected workers in New Zealand, a scenario they consider unlikely.

Bloomfield said that they completed a record of more than 15,000 tests Thursday and they were getting a clearer picture of the outbreak's contours.

“All of the cases so far, at this point, are connected. They are all part of one Auckland-based cluster,” said Health Minister Chris Hipkins. “And that is good news.”


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New Zealand was praised internationally for its response to the coronavirus pandemic after the virus' spread was stopped by the introduction of a strict lockdown in late March when only 100 people had tested New Zealand had not recorded community transmission since May 1. You might also like.

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