New Zealand Reports One New Local COVID-19 Case

Health officials in New Zealand reported on Feb. 19 one new COVID-19 community case linked to the recent group of cases in Auckland — all belonging to one household.

The Ministry of Health said that the new case is a household contact of the three cases reported earlier this week, which belong to the same family.

The new case previously had returned a negative test taken on Feb. 15 and has been placed in isolation at home, the Ministry of Health said.

The new case is currently in the process of being transferred to a quarantine facility in Auckland, one of the country’s largest cities.

The Ministry of Health also said that another household member is in the process of being transferred to a quarantine facility, despite returning a negative test result for COVID-19.

Three new cases have also been reported in managed isolation facilities at the border.

The three cases — a mother, a father, and a daughter — tested positive on Feb. 14 and were confirmed to be the variant first identified in the United Kingdom, prompting a snap lockdown nationwide.

COVID-19 vaccines arrived in New Zealand on Feb. 15 and inoculations will begin on Feb. 20, prioritizing border workers.

According to data from the Ministry of Health, New Zealand has recorded 2,348 cases and 26 deaths since the beginning of the pandemic.

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