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A Little Mistake May Have Caused New Zealand's Covid-19 Case Spike

A country that was able to contain Covid-19 experienced a spike in cases. As investigations continue, it is still unclear how the outbreak began.

Auckland's telecommunications and observation tower lit up in cyberpunk color during December 2019 pre-pandemic. J. Garman, via Stock Photo
The Subic Bay Times
August 18, 2020


After more than 100 days of being Coronavirus-free, New Zealand reported new cases of Covid-19 in August that prompted their government to revert the country to their level three (3) lockdown status. Their level three lockdown requires residents to stay at home except for essential travel. Also businesses are temporarily shut down including restaurants, bars and most schools, while gatherings are limited to no more than 100 people. On August 18, during a media briefing, New Zealand reported 13 new cases, bringing the total number of new active cases in the country to 90. While, 69 of those cases were linked to the outbreak in the City of Auckland. The country also ruled out the possibility that a coronavirus outbreak in Auckland came from frozen food items or freight. The fresh outbreak is the latest blow to New Zealand on their battle against Covid-19. The country has one of the world's most strictest lockdowns which closed companies, business establishments and schools. On August 13, health officials in New Zealand said that the fresh outbreak may have been caused by freight of imported goods. A week later, Investigations conducted by health officials suggested that the virus had not come through chilled services or material arriving from overseas in Auckland where one of the recently infected individuals worked, instead they believe that the source of the outbreak is more likely to be from an infected person breaching strict border control measures. New Zealand's Director General of Health Dr. Ashley Bloomfield continues to update Covid-19 cases in the country. Dr. Bloomfield said that close contacts of the confirmed cases have been identified and in proper control. More than 15,000 tests have been conducted since the fresh outbreak in the country. The first confirmed Covid-19 cases announced on Tuesday, last week, were four members of a family. They have no history of overseas travel or contact with anyone who had been infected by Covid-19. As investigations continue, it is still unclear how the outbreak began. Two countries that have been partially successful in the fight against Covid-19. One of which is New Zealand and the other is VietNam. These countries lasted at least 90 days without reporting local virus transmissions. New Zealand was better than most countries in grappling with the coronavirus pandemic. Due to the sudden spike of cases, it prompted their government to extend a lockdown for the city's 1.7 million residents until late August. Social distancing rules are in place in other towns and cities. The European Center for Disease Prevention and Control said that new spikes within countries that successfully brought down their case counts was the "result of physical distancing measures being relaxed."


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