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Third coronavirus case confirmed in New Zealand

Photo: RNZ / Patrice Allen

A third case of coronavirus has been confirmed in New Zealand.

Director-General of Health Ashley Bloomfield told Morning Report he got a report of a third positive test yesterday evening.

"We're getting all the information together and we'll update everybody at the same time at the update this afternoon," says Ashley.

He says the positive Covid-19 result is not of the partner of the Auckland woman who tested positive on Tuesday.

"The swab for the partner of the second case is being processed today, so the positive result we received last night is a different case.

"I want to have all the information then let everybody know at the same time."

Ashley would not say which part of the country the person is in.

An Auckland woman in her 30s was yesterday confirmed as being the second case of Covid-19 in New Zealand.

Her partner is awaiting test results and the family, including two pupils from Westlake Boys and Westlake Girls high schools, are in isolation at home.

The first person to be confirmed in New Zealand as having Covid-19 tested positive last week and has been recovering in hospital in Auckland.

Public health professor Michael Baker says self-isolation as a form of quarantine greatly reduced the risk of transmission, but the virus could already be spreading in the community.

"The term used quite a bit is 'silent transmission' and that is because this is a mild illness for most people, maybe up to 80 per cent and so they can have what looks like a common cold and can infect other people."

Ashley agrees there could be transmission in the community, but he did not believe the "genie is out of the bottle".

"Whilst it's called silent transmission, that doesn't mean people don't have symptoms.

"We know from the biggest study done so far, the [World Health Organisation] nine-day mission in China, that it's symptomatic people that transmit the virus.

"If you are unwell with symptoms then stay at home and take precautions.

"I think that's a really key message here."

Covid-19 was not as transmissible as the flu which spreads when people don't have symptoms, he says.

-RNZ

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corona con

Posted on 05-03-2020 12:11 | By

There are 3 cases now , compared to ? How many other illnesses are there that take peoples lives ? What has happened to the measles ? What has happened to Ebola in Africa ? How many people starve everyday around the world ? Yes , people will die from this virus but watch for the overreaction of the world governments when new laws are brought in and a cashless society is started .