Thursday, December 9

Covid-19 update: 11 new community cases and 8 in managed isolation

There are 11 new cases of Covid-19 in the community today and eight new cases in managed isolation, including two historical cases.

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Health Director General Ashley Bloomfield says that brings the total number of community cases, all in Auckland, to 21; all are being transferred to a quarantine facility.

It says 12 of the 21 cases have already been confirmed as part of the same Auckland group and another eight are being investigated. One of the cases is unlikely to be linked to the group – the Air NZ crew member already reported, he says.

Director General of Health Dr. Ashley Bloomfield

Director General of Health Ashley Bloomfield.
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“These new community cases are not unexpected, as the Prime Minister said, and we would expect the number of cases to continue to grow, in particular due to the large number of sights and the mobility of these cases during the days leading up to the start of the event. lockdown, “says Bloomfield.

Two of the community cases were taken to North Shore Hospital overnight, Bloomfield says. One had worsening symptoms of Covid-19 and the other is symptomatic and has underlying conditions. One is 20 years old and the other 40 years old.

Returnees on the same floor of the Crown Plaza Hotel, where a bubble of three tested positive, will need to stay for a longer period of time, Bloomfield says.

Officials are now investigating staff at the Crown Plaza MIQ facility and the Jet Park quarantine hotel.

They do not believe that the virus has infiltrated the community through Middlemore Hospital.

On genome sequencing, Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern says it shows that the Auckland outbreak is linked to a person who flew to New Zealand from New South Wales on a red-zone managed flight. That person tested positive for the first day on Aug. 9 and was transported to Middlemore Hospital on Aug. 16, he said.

On sewage testing, Bloomfield says it tested positive at three sites: Rosedale on Auckland’s north shore and the western and eastern interceptors.

More results from other samples taken in the Auckland region will be available later today.

As of this morning, more than 360 individual contacts have been identified; this excludes contacts from large configurations.

“Throughout the day, that number will increase significantly,” says Bloomfield.

Meanwhile, new locations of interest They have been revealed for Auckland, including two cinemas, a gas station and a supermarket.

And this afternoon, more than 1000 new people have been considered close contacts of a positive case of Covid-19 who visited the games room of the main SkyCity Auckland casino over the weekend.

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