New Zealand records new virus cases after 102-day streak without local transmission
The first new confirmed case is a person in their 50s who has no history of international travel. All members of the family household were tested, and three more out of six tested positive.
The original source of the small outbreak remains unknown but contact tracing measures have been put in place, with colleagues and contacts of the four who tested positive alerted by officials.
The new cases put an end to the country’s 102-day run without seeing community spread.
“Act as if you have covid, and as if the people around you have covid,” Ardern said at a news conference, adding all travel into the city would be banned for those living elsewhere. Everyone who works at the country’s border would be tested, she said.
Ardern urged residents not to panic-buy or rush to the local supermarkets and said food stores and pharmacies would remain open. She also asked people to revert to working from home unless they are classified as essential staff.
[Source: Washington Post]