“This is fitting the pattern of existing spread primarily
In other words, community transmission – and not from China, Iran or Italy
How many other cases from asymptomatic people are lurking out there?
Fifth NZ case confirmed
is fitting the pattern of existing spread primarily within families,”
said Director-General of Health Ashley Bloomfield.
human-to-human transmission is happening inside families,” he
said, “in that close household setting. Casual contact tracing
is underway for that individual, and the close contacts are already
woman is also in self-isolation, and Dr Bloomfield said neither she
or her family require hospital care.
Zealand’s first case of the disease sweeping the globe was confirmed
in late February. According to the World Health Organization, there
have now been 101,800 cases confirmed and 3460 deaths. No deaths have
been reported in New Zealand yet.
the eight Kiwis who were on board the now-quarantined cruise ship
Grand Princess off the coast of San Francisco in February, five are
well and outside the 14-day period where symptoms would show if they
is a woman in her 70s who was earlier in hospital with a respiratory
illness. She recovered, but then was readmitted to North Shore
Hospital with an unrelated condition.
has now been tested and although the test results came back negative,
we have a strong consensus… that when she was first admitted with
the respiratory illness, she was a probable case.”
number of North Shore Hospital staff involved in the woman’s
treatment in late February have been stood down as a precautionary
measure. Dr Bloomfield said none have shown symptoms.
arrived in New Zealand on February 25 on flight NZ7.
on that flight who is considered a close contact… will be contacted
by Public Health Unit staff to check on their wellbeing and ask them
to go into self-isolation.”
Bloomfield said that would only be for three more days – as it’s
already been 11 days since they were potentially exposed.
Kiwi tested negative, but remains in isolation as she was in contact
with the woman above. The eighth Kiwi’s test is still pending.
has still been no community transmission in New Zealand, that
officials know of.