First COVID-19 community case detected in New Zealand in 2 months

The first COVID-19 community case in 2 months has been detected in New Zealand. This new case is that of a 56 year old women. The New Zealand Herald reports that the women travelled to Spain and the Netherlands late last year before returning to NZ on December 30.  She went through MIQ at Auckland’s Pullman Hotel and was released on January 13 after testing negative. She then travelled around the southern part of Northland, to about 30 different locations in areas around Mangawhai, Dargaville and Helensville, and became symptomatic on January 15.

The strain is unknown but officials are acting on the assumption it is one of the new, more transmissible strains.

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

“We don’t know the origin or the strain of the infection,” he told a press conference on Sunday.

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