Wellington. In New Zealand, known for its successful fight against the Coronavirus pandemic, a locally transmitted case was confirmed for the first time since November. Health authorities in the island nation in the South Pacific have announced that a 56-year-old woman had stayed in a quarantine hotel in Auckland for two weeks after returning from Europe.
There she was tested negative for the virus twice. It was only after she returned to her native Northland area on the North Island that she developed symptoms and tested positive, she said. Covid-19 Anti-Covid-19 Minister Chris Hipkins has confirmed that the virus is the most contagious new virus mutation from South Africa. The woman appears to have been infected from another person in the quarantine hotel.
New Zealand has weathered the crisis easily
All guests who were at the hotel at the same time as the woman were contacted and asked to go into self-isolation. Also, the New Zealanders I’ve contacted in the last few days will be followed closely.
Due to very strict procedures and close contact tracing, the country has so far weathered the crisis very lightly. Almost all cases have been detected among returning travelers. In total, only about 2,000 cases have been recorded, and 25 people have died in connection with Covid-19. The country of five million people has largely returned to normal.
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