LIVE: New cases linked to Auckland cluster

UPDATE: Another 12 new cases of COVID-19 are being reported in New Zealand today.

Director-General of Health Dr Ashley Bloomfield says there is also one probable case.

He says this is 13 new cases to report in the community.

"Two of the confirmed cases are from Tokoroa and are close contacts of a family member which is part of the Auckland cluster.

"All the 12 new cases are linked to the existing cluster."

Ashley says a 13th case, which is currently in Auckland Hospital, has no known link and an investigation is underway to find out where this person contracted the virus.

"There will be community testing facility operating in Tokoroa in the weekend,

"All confirmed cases have been transfered to the quarantine facility in Auckland."

The new confirmed cases brings New Zealand's total number of cases to 1251. This is the number that will be reported to the WHO.

There is now 48 active cases in New Zealand - 30 of this are linked to the community outbreak in Auckland.

"It is important to remember that the problem is the virus. People are the solution. There is no blame or stigma for people who have the virus."

EARLIER:

The Minister of Health Chris Hipkins and Director-General of Health Dr Ashley Bloomfield will provide an update on COVID-19 at 1pm today.

SunLive will provide an update for those who are not able to tune into the livestream this afternoon.

What we know so far

On Thursday, there ere 14 new confirmed cases of COVID-19. One in managed isolation and 13 linked to the Auckland family. 

As a result of the additional 13 confirmed cases, Director-General of Health Dr Ashley Bloomfield says these cases, plus the original family of four, are now considered as cluster.

"What we know from clusters, is that there are always more cases."

Today, there has been one confirmed case in Tokoroa.

Prime Minster Jacinda Ardern is expected to make an announcement at 5.30pm about any changes to alert levels in Auckland and the rest of New Zealand.

SunLive will have more on the lockdown status then.




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1 Comment

Lockdown

Posted on 14-08-2020 13:23 | By Rica

For goodness sake ... don’t close down the country again... just manage the sick - let the rest of us live

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