New Zealand Records First Suspected COVID-19 Community Case Since November

“This is a pointer to all of us that the pandemic continues and that this is a challenging infection,” New Zealand Director-General of Health Ashley Bloomfield said Sunday.

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” This is a pointer to all of us that the pandemic continues and that this is a difficult virus,” New Zealand Director-General of Health Ashley Bloomfield said Sunday.

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A 56-year-old lady, who had actually taken a trip to Spain and the Netherlands for work late last year, has tested favorable for COVID-19 after remaining in handled seclusion for the needed 14 days upon her return to New Zealand, the New Zealand Ministry of Health stated.

“We are working under the assumptions that this is a positive case which it is a more transmissible version, either the one determined initially in South Africa or the U.K., or possibly Brazil– or another transmissible variant,” Ashley Bloomfield, New Zealands director-general of health, said at a press conference, according to Reuters.

New Zealand has reported 1,927 verified COVID-19 cases and 25 deaths. There are 79 active cases in the nation. Many of the nations citizens are not expected to be immunized for COVID-19 until the second half of the year.

The lady had actually been at about 30 locations in the Northland region of New Zealands north island considering that she left seclusion. She deals with one other individual who has actually disappointed signs. That person has been evaluated and is also separating while waiting for results. A few of the ladys other close contacts are also being evaluated and are needed to separate for 14 days.

Health authorities praised the womans vigilance in using a COVID-19 tracing app to record her motions.

Health authorities are examining “to see if theres a match to other cases in the handled isolation center” or whether the lady has one of the more transmissible variations that have surfaced around the world, the ministry stated. It said that while she was in the Netherlands, the female “was in contact with member of the family, who subsequently checked favorable for COVID-19.”

” Further screening is needed, including a serology blood test, to validate whether the case is brand-new or historic,” the ministry stated. It stated the initial test results suggest “that it is new and we are treating it as such.”

New Zealand has actually reported 1,927 validated COVID-19 cases and 25 deaths. There are 79 active cases in the nation.

New Zealand has actually kept its neighborhood spread of the coronavirus low by keeping tight border controls, however on Sunday the nation of 5 million reported its first suspected neighborhood case because November. And officials say it may include a more transmissible variation of the virus.

The lady had actually been at about 30 locations in the Northland region of New Zealands north island since she left isolation. That person has actually been checked and is also separating while waiting for results. A few of the womans other close contacts are also being tested and are required to isolate for 14 days.

The remote island nations capability to keep the coronavirus in check through stringent lockdowns has actually raised spirits around the globe. However every few months a couple of new cases crop up.

She had actually evaluated unfavorable two times– on Jan. 2 and Jan. 10– but started developing signs on Jan. 15.

“This is a suggestion to everyone that the pandemic continues and that this is a difficult infection,” Bloomfield stated.