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Fourth coronavirus case confirmed

The fourth positive result is the partner of the second confirmed case. File photo.

The Ministry of Health has confirmed a fourth case of coronavirus in New Zealand.

The positive result is for a New Zealand citizen in his 30s, the partner of the second case announced earlier this week, says the ministry.

The Auckland couple had recently arrived back in the country from northern Italy.

The ministry says contact tracing is underway and close contacts are already in self-isolation.

Yesterday Director-General of Health Dr Ashley Bloomfield says the third confirmed case, of an Auckland man in his 40s, was one of family transmission because the man himself had not travelled to a country with coronavirus.

Officials say the man probably caught the virus from an older relative returning from Iran on 23 February.

The man's partner is now sick and being tested, and three other family members have also been ill.

They have recovered and are in isolation.

-RNZ

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So, it's here.

Posted on 06-03-2020 11:51 | By morepork

Despite our best efforts to monitor and control access to our country, it is here. Perhaps ALL contact with known source countries should have been barred for a period of say, four weeks. The problem is that we don’t know how long it takes to incubate and we don’t know how it is transmitted. Until we DO know those things, ALL contact should either be blocked or require quarantine.