New Zealand reports 12 new confirmed coronavirus cases

Elias Hubbard
August 14, 2020

Friday's new cases are in Auckland and nearby Waikato, and one of the cases is in hospital, Director General of Health Ashley Bloomfield told the daily briefing.

The crisis erupted when four family members in Auckland returned positive tests on Tuesday, ending New Zealand's run of 102 days with no reported community transmission.

The new cases brought the number of active cases to 36 - 17 of which are linked to the recent outbreak, the ministry said in a statement. The refrigerated warehousing company is awaiting the results for 14 other workers.

A case has reportedly been confirmed in Tokoroa, a town in the South Waikato district about 200 kilometres south of Auckland on the North Island, and two staff members at Tokoroa Medical Centre are in self-isolation.

"Yes, all of the cases so far remain connected".

Bloomfield said 38 people linked to the cluster were already in the Auckland quarantine facility, adding that the number in the Auckland cluster is expected to grow.

'You would expect a longer lockdown would be more likely.

For the first time since the pandemic's arrival, community cases will be asked to relocate to mandatory isolation facilities previously used for arrivals at the border. There have been some additional cases and we will release those at 1pm today.

"I don't think that people are going to accept having a lockdown as the only tool to deal with an outbreak", Mr Seymour said.

Officials are investigating the possibility that the virus travelled into New Zealand on refrigerated freight.

Chinese health authorities have now revealed that traces of coronavirus have been found in frozen chicken wings and on food packaging.

You must then take a COVID-19 test and test negative before entering then community.

Frozen shrimp from Ecuador sold in Xian also tested positive for coronavirus, according to local authorities, with the virus able to survive cold temperatures.

The Government has been under fire this morning for the lack of testing of the 6000-7000 workers at the border of in managed isolation or quarantine (MIQ) facilities.

'The test results are coming in quite slowly which is frustrating.

Ms Arden has said she expects the virus to spread further before slowing down.

'One was an agency hire labour worker, who is not a direct employee, but works with us during busy times'.

"These two people tested positive after being followed up as close contacts from a family member who is one of the Auckland cases, so part of that Auckland cluster", Bloomfield said.

Peters said he had been informed of the details by a New Zealand journalist.

'It wasn't an official, I found out from somewhere else, but I think there's been a breach inside our quarantine system, ' he told the ABC on Thursday.

A preschooler at the Taeaofou i Puaseisei Preschool, opposite the church, has also tested positive. Staff at the DHB are providing support to the family, who are all self-isolating.

Also in Māngere East, a 6-year-old pupil at Southern Cross Campus tested positive, as did a student from the Manukau Institute of Technology.

The school's board held an emergency meeting on Thursday night.

The government will decide at a crunch Cabinet meeting on Friday whether to extend or deepen the lockdown, a decision largely based on case numbers.

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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