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LIVE COVID UPDATE: Positive case visited Rotorua

UPDATE: One of the four new cases of COVID-19 has been confirmed as visiting Rotorua in the weekend.

Director-General of Health Dr Ashley Bloomfield says a woman in her 20s, who is part of the Auckland family currently in self-isolation, visited the Bay of Plenty town while symptomatic.

Ashley is urging people who visted the region on the weekend, and those around the rest of the country, the be vigilant about their health.

"We are working with the family to found out where they visited. There are testing sites in Rotorua.

There are currently testing sites availabe in Rotorua (on Vaughn Rd) and Taupo for people in the area, he says.

No members of the family require hospital care at this stage.

The ministry is testing all close and casual contacts of the family that have come into contact with them recently, which the ministry estimates to be 130 people including workplace colleagues.

Three colleagues of the male and his partner are symptomatic and are isolating, says Ashley.

The ministry is using genome sequencing on all those who have tested positive to try and track the source of the virus.

Ashley says they are expecting to test tens of thousands of people in the coming days.

More soon.....

EARLIER:

Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern and Director-General of Health Dr Ashley Bloomfield are expected to address New Zealand as the country prepares to move to Alert Level 2 at midday.

The pair will be live from Wellington at 10.30am.

SunLive will provide updates for those who are not able to tune into the live stream.

What we currently know

Auckland moves to level 3 lockdown and the rest of the country to level 2 at midday after four cases of COVID-19 outside managed isolation.

The Prime Minister has announced four confirmed cases of COVID-19 in one family from an unknown source last night.

The index case is a person in their 50s who lives in South Auckland.

“They were swabbed yesterday, and the swab was processed twice,” says a Ministry of Health spokesperson.

“A second swab, taken today confirms the positive result.”

The person has been symptomatic for five days and was interviewed this evening by the Auckland Regional Public Health Service.

The Ministry of Health says that the person has no overseas travel history.

“As is our usual protocol we are continuing to trace close and casual contacts of this person and test them for COVID-19."

Restrictions will last until at least midnight on Friday, but experts are warning people to prepare themselves for the possibility they will remain in place longer.

People in Auckland are being asked to wear masks if they were out in public either for essential travel or supermarket shopping, says Health Minister Chris Hipkins.

He says an order would be issued at midday today and making mask wearing mandatory for Aucklanders was one of the things being considered.

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Settle down

Posted on 12-08-2020 16:47 | By

You have to realise it was probably never left. Antibody studies in New York showed that the real cases was 10 times higher than recorded and 90 odd % are asymptomatic. Bit of context needed and an acceptance of it. But NZ is obsessed with eradication of anything “foreign”.

Where did it come from?

Posted on 12-08-2020 13:39 | By jimmyant

Surely it has managed to comein pastthe border, and then through a sequence of connections, get to this family!! Our isolation measures simply cannot be working!! Start looking at the root cause of the problem and tighten up or stop people coming in across our border. Again, we will probably look at this too late like last time. We could have minimised the problem significantly if we had closed our borders sooner that time.

Agree

Posted on 12-08-2020 13:34 | By

I agree with Yadick - makes sense to me. I suspect that level 3 and 2 will be extended though.

Unbelievable

Posted on 12-08-2020 13:22 | By

How many times do Kiwi’s have to be told to stay home if you are feeling unwell!! Fingers crossed people in Rotorua are not infected or that’ll be the whole country put into level 3.......at least. Thanks for sharing your virus!

Surely

Posted on 12-08-2020 11:56 | By

If tests are done on day 3 and day 12 of isolation then surely to be safe we need to be at L2/L3 for a minimum of 9 days now.