13 new cases puts NZ back to Covid-19 World: Watch Latest from Jacinda Ardern and Ashley Bloomfield

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There are 13 new cases of Covid-19 in the community in Auckland today and one in managed isolation.

Watch the briefing here:

Director-General of Health Ashley Bloomfield says the one new case in managed isolation is a woman in her 30s who arrived from the Philippines.

There are a total of 36 active cases in New Zealand. All of them are linked and being treated as a cluster.

Dr Bloomfield says that one of the new cases is a student at Mt Albert Grammar School, as was made public this morning.

“The student was not symptomatic while at school and has not been at school since they became unwell and got tested so the chance of exposure … is low at this point.”

Dr Bloomfield has confirmed that three of the people who have tested positive are workers at Americold, and seven are family members of the initial cases.

One person who has tested positive is an employee of Finance Now, and another person who has tested positive is their family member. There is also one new probable case in the community, which is also linked to the outbreak.

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Dr Bloomfield says all new positive cases will now be treated in quarantine facilities.

“It will help us avoid any further inadvertent spread.”

Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern will provide an update shortly.

Auckland has entered its second day of alert level 3 lockdown, with a decision imminent on whether or not to extend it before Friday midnight, when the order is due to end. The rest of New Zealand is at level 2, and aged care facilities are in lockdown nationwide.

Testing stations continue to be swamped today with long queues trailing outside.

Infectious disease experts have been warning that Covid-19 could been have spreading in Auckland for weeks without notice.

Dr Bloomfield told Morning Report that scenario would be a worry and while it was possible, there was “nothing to suggest it’s a long chain of transmission”.

More to come…

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