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New Zealand confirms first coronavirus case in months

 

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A man walks by a social distancing sign on the first day of New Zealand's new coronavirus disease (COVID-19) safety measure that mandates wearing of a mask on public transport, in Auckland, New Zealand, August 31, 2020. REUTERS/Fiona Goodall

 

WELLINGTON (Reuters) - New Zealand on Monday confirmed its first case of COVID-19 in the community in months in a 56-year-old woman, but said close contacts of the recently returned traveller had so far tested negative.

 

The woman, who returned to New Zealand on Dec. 30, had tested positive for the South African strain of the virus after leaving a two-week mandatory quarantine where she had twice tested negative, COVID-19 response minister Chris Hipkins said.

 

No other community cases had been reported since the woman's case was disclosed on Sunday and authorities said the source of the infection was probably a fellow returnee at the quarantine facility.

 

Authorities were looking at whether the virus was spreading through the ventilation and air conditioning systems in these facilities, Hipkins said.

 

New Zealand Health Chief Ashley Bloomfield said 15 people had been identified as close contacts of the woman and were being contacted.

 

However, her closest contacts, her husband and hairdresser, had tested negative, which was encouraging.

 

New Zealand, one of the most successful developed nations in controlling the spread of the pandemic, last recorded a community coronavirus transmission in November, according to the Health Ministry website.

 

A tough lockdown and geographical isolation helped the country of 5 million virtually eliminate the novel coronavirus within its borders.

 

New Zealand has had only 1,927 confirmed cases. But with the pandemic raging globally, more people are returning with infections, including the new variants, raising concerns the virus may spread in the community again.

 

The woman, who lives in Northland on New Zealand's North Island, quarantined on arrival in a managed isolation facility in Auckland where several highly virulent COVID-19 cases have been recorded in quarantine facilities in recent weeks.

 

Bloomfield said the South African variant may be more transmissible but there was not yet enough research available.

 

(Reporting by Praveen Menon; Editing by Richard Pullin)

 

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11 hours ago, webfact said:

The woman, who returned to New Zealand on Dec. 30, had tested positive for the South African strain of the virus after leaving a two-week mandatory quarantine where she had twice tested negative, COVID-19 response minister Chris Hipkins said.

 

No other community cases had been reported since the woman's case was disclosed on Sunday and authorities said the source of the infection was probably a fellow returnee at the quarantine facility.

 

Authorities were looking at whether the virus was spreading through the ventilation and air conditioning systems in these facilities, Hipkins said.

Wonder if:

a) she actually had two false -ve tests...

b) they've thought about ventilation spread at Thai ASQ venues!

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12 minutes ago, onebir said:

b) they've thought about ventilation spread at Thai ASQ venues!

 

As far as I know, the ASQ rooms in Thailand has to have separate ventilation.

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13 minutes ago, onebir said:

Wonder if:

a) she actually had two false -ve tests...

b) they've thought about ventilation spread at Thai ASQ venues!

She had two negative test results, had inadvertent contact with a positive case in isolation after her 12 day negative test and then tested positive 9 days later. In New Zealand MIQ, not Thailand ASQ, fyi.

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3 minutes ago, farang51 said:

 

As far as I know, the ASQ rooms in Thailand has to have separate ventilation.

No centralized aircon systems?

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1 hour ago, onebir said:

No centralized aircon systems?

As far as I know, in Thailand, rooms with centralized aircon systems cannot be used for ASQ.

 

1 hour ago, Catkiwi said:

This case was in New Zealand. Absorb the content!

He (and I) know, it was a derived thought.

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7 hours ago, abrahamzvi said:

As far a New Zealand is concerned, it‘s not only Good luck, but more so a good government taking the proper measures, as popular, or unpopular they may be. Very few countries, if any, have leaders like the PM of New Zaland.

How is their immunization program going?

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11 minutes ago, farang51 said:

As far as I know, in Thailand, rooms with centralized aircon systems cannot be used for ASQ.

 

He (and I) know, it was a derived thought.

Sorry if I misinterpreted previous comments but please explain...We were talking about NZ MIQ and then comments around Thai ASQ popped up.

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27 minutes ago, Catkiwi said:

Sorry if I misinterpreted previous comments but please explain...We were talking about NZ MIQ and then comments around Thai ASQ popped up.

If they're looking at spread via aircon in quarantine in NZ, that possibility might also exist in ASQ in Thailand. (However, if the hotels don't have central aircon &/ the NZ case had known contact with a +ve person while in quarantine, this is less of a concern.)

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7 minutes ago, onebir said:

If they're looking at spread via aircon in quarantine in NZ, that possibility might also exist in ASQ in Thailand. (However, if the hotels don't have central aircon &/ the NZ case had known contact with a +ve person while in quarantine, this is less of a concern.)

Yeah, that clears it all up....Whiskey Tango Foxtrot!

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