Covid-19: Papatoetoe family tests positive

New Zealand reports three new coronavirus cases in the community

Two of the cases also travelled to New Plymouth and visited several tourist locations in north Taranaki over Waitangi weekend, while potentially infectious but before they knew they had symptoms.

She said people can go home if they live in Auckland - a border will be put in place, but there is an exemption regime.

A number of new locations of interest relating to the three new community Covid-19 cases have been released.

"We are gathering all of the facts as quickly as we can, and the system that served us so well in the past is really gearing up to do so again", said COVID-19 Response Minister Chris Hipkins.

In the latest case, an Auckland mother, father and daughter caught the disease.

Airlines have been contacted, as the woman in the infected family works for an airline catering company, LSG Sky Chefs, where she mostly works in laundry facilities, officials said. Officials said the woman hadn't been going aboard the planes herself.

As a precaution, the high school of the girl in the family will be closed on Monday and Tuesday, with COVID-19 testing facilities to be set up there, officials said.

"Then people are infectious a couple of days before that so it's possible that she was quite infectious a week ago but this will all start to come out with time. But of course, we will and we have looked at what those exposure sites are in New Zealand and we will be looking at that for anyone coming across the border from New Zealand", he said.

On Wednesday, it was announced that New Zealand authorities had given formal approval for the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine, to be administered to those 16 years and older once stocks arrived in the country.

"Please, keep up the mahi with the hand hygiene and cough and sneeze etiquettes we're continuing to reinforce".

"There are still a lot of questions here. this is a precautionary measure", Mr Hipkins said.

Shoppers who visited the store between 3:45 and 5pm have been asked to get tested and self-isolate while they await their results.

Hipkins said there was no immediate need to introduce new restrictions while health officials investigated the source of the infection.

The country remains on alert level 1 for COVID-19, its lowest level, with no restrictions.

It said: "Whole genome sequencing is being rapidly carried out so we can learn whether these infections are one of the more transmissible variants reported overseas, which we've also detected around other border-related cases in New Zealand recently".

Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern revealed the changes at an evening media conference, alongside Ashley Bloomfield, the country's Director-General of Health.



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