The race is on to trace contacts of newest cluster
Public health services around the country are in a race to trace people who may have been in contact with the newest Covid-19 cluster.
On Friday, the Ministry of Health published a list of 15 locations visited by a family of three who later tested positive for Covid-19.
Officials had identified 35 close contacts of the family by Friday, eight of whom had returned negative tests by that stage. The rest are self-isolating and have either been tested or are in the process of being tested.
The family travelled to Taupō on Friday, September 18, and returned to Auckland on Sunday.
New Zealand’s managed isolation protocols may be “tightened up” after a man tested positive for Covid-19 after leaving isolation.
Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern confirmed an assessment of isolation protocols was under way.
Two new cases of Covid-19 in New Zealand were reported on Friday.
One case is in managed isolation and the other is from the community, linked to the Mt Roskill Evangelical Fellowship church bereavement sub-cluster.
On Saturday morning the total number of confirmed cases of Covid-19 globally was 32.37 million, according to Johns Hopkins University.
The countries with the highest count are the United States with just over 7million, India with 5.8million, and Brazil, which was approaching 4.7million.
The global death toll was put at 985,104, with the highest number in the US, which had 203,240, then Brazil with 139,808 and India with 92,290.
A widely cited model from the University of Washington predicts the US toll will double to 400,000 by the end of the year as schools and colleges reopen and cold weather sets in.
The toll is followed by Brazil, with 138,974 dead.
What should I do?
The Ministry of Health has published a list of 15 locations visited from September 11-20 by a family of three who later tested positive for Covid-19.
The extensive spread of the close contacts around the country has prompted the establishment of new community testing centres. Anyone who wants to get tested can find their local testing centres by visiting the Ministry of Health website.
Auckland has moved to alert level 2, and the rest of the country is at alert level 1. Face masks are not required in level 1 but will still be needed on flights. The geographic boundary of the Auckland alert level is the super city.
If you are sick, call your GP before you visit, or call Healthline on 0800 358 5453.
To avoid contracting and spreading the virus, wash your hands properly, cough and sneeze into the crook of your elbow and throw tissues away immediately.
Reach out and find support from people who care, connect with your community or help a neighbour in need.
Locations of interest following new Covid-19 cases
Christchurch Airport, departures area – Friday, 11 September, between 9am-1.30pm.
Briscoes St Lukes, Morningside, Auckland – Saturday, 12 September, between 4.30pm-6pm.
Lotus Supermarket, Mt Roskill, Auckland – Saturday, 12 September, between 7pm-8pm.
Kmart St Lukes, Mount Albert, Auckland – Monday, 14 September, between 6pm-8pm and Thursday, 17 September between 5pm-7.20pm.
Dress Smart Outlet Shopping (Jacqui E, Max, Fila, Puma), Onehunga, Auckland – Wednesday, 16 September between 2.45pm-5pm.
Just Cuts - St Lukes, Mount Albert, Auckland – Thursday, 17 September, between 4pm-5pm.
Mountain Warehouse, St Lukes, Mount Albert, Auckland – Thursday 17 September, between 5pm-7.20pm.
Farmers, St Lukes, Mount Albert, Auckland – Thursday, 17 September, between 5pm-7.20pm.
McDonald’s Tokoroa, Waikato – Friday, 18 September, between 9.30am-9.44am.
Taupo DeBretts Hot Springs, Taupō – Friday, 18 September, between 2.40pm-6.45pm.
Taupo Tandem Skydiving, Taupō Airport, Taupo – Saturday, 19 September, between 2pm-3.15pm.
Z - Turangi - Service Station, Turangi – Sunday, 20 September, between 11am-11.12am.
Subway, Roberts St, Taupō – Sunday, 20 September, between 5pm-5.15pm.
KFC, Roberts St, Taupō – Sunday, 20 September, between 5pm-5.15pm.
McDonald’s Frankton, Waikato – Sunday, 20 September, between 8.20pm-9pm.