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Sabtu, 13 Februari 2021

Three ‘new and active’ Covid-19 cases detected in New Zealand - NEWS.com.au

New Zealand has been placed on alert after three community Covid-19 cases were detected in South Auckland.

According to the New Zealand Herald, a mother, father and daughter from Papatoetoe tested positive.

Covid-19 Response Minister Chris Hipkins fronted a press conference in the Beehive with Director-General of Health Ashley Bloomfield this afternoon.

The mother and daughter have returned tests which confirm they are “new and active”, Hipkins said. New Zealand is still at alert level 1, he said.

There have been no changes made to NZ‘s alert level settings at this stage, and more information will be available tonight.

He said there are still “gaps in our knowledge” around the cases. For example, the source of the contraction is a “piece of the puzzle” that is needed.

Decisions from this point onwards would be influenced by science, he said. The two things the Government will be looking for is evidence of the source and whether there is any evidence of spread.

Hipkins said genome sequencing in this instance will be very important.

The mother works at LSG Sky chefs, one of the world‘s largest airline catering providers.

Officials are checking the workplace to see if anyone else is Covid-19 positive. The father is a self-employed tradesman.

The daughter is a student at Papatoetoe High School, which will be closed on Monday and Tuesday.

Papatoetoe High School principal Vaughan Couillault said the infected student is a Year 9 student who was only at school for one day last week, on Wednesday.

Mr Couillault said the student stayed at home on Thursday and Friday after her mother became unwell. Last Monday was a holiday and he did not know why the student was not at school on Tuesday.

Five teachers and 28 students are considered close contacts of the infected student and all other students and staff at the school are “casual” contacts.

Mr Couillault has notified all staff and parents by text and email this afternoon.

“Staff and students and their families are being asked to self-isolate for two days if they are casual contacts,” Couillault said.

A testing facility will be be provided at the school this week.

Couillault said the student did not attend “any assemblies or anything like that” on Wednesday.

“So in terms of identification, we have probably the smallest numbers of teachers and students that we could have for a Year 9 student,” he said.

Over Waitangi weekend, two of the cases went to New Plymouth, with February 6-8 the time frame.

Bloomfield said there was now a process of “an ongoing period of information gathering”.

There was also one case in managed isolation announced today.

One close contact of the three people in the community had tested negative, Hipkins said.

PM Jacinda Ardern is returning from Auckland to Wellington to be briefed.

“We are gathering all the facts as quickly as we can,” he said.

Hipkins said the message was to follow the previously announced health and safety measures.

“There is no such thing as no risk, so long as Covid-19 is out there,” he said.

He said there are still “a lot of questions” that still need to be answered.

Hipkins said there has been no scheduled Cabinet meeting this evening but that could be changed quickly if needed.

KEY POINTS

* Three community cases in South Auckland - a father, mother and daughter.

* No change to alert levels at this stage, with more information expected this evening.

* The mother works at LSG Sky Chefs in Mangere.

* The daughter goes to Papatoetoe High School which will be closed tomorrow and Tuesday.

* Two of the confirmed cases visited various locations in New Plymouth on February 6-7. It‘s unclear if they were infectious when they visited.

* They also visited Pak N Save Manukau on Friday February 12 for about 15 minutes, sometime between 3.45pm and 5pm.

This article originally appeared on the New Zealand Herald and has been republished with permission

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