August 17 2021.
Auckland and Coromandel will go into level 4 lockdown for seven days – and the rest of the country for three days – following news of a community Covid-19 case in NZ’s biggest city.
There are now five known community cases and more than 23 exposure events linked to New Zealand’s latest Covid-19 outbreak as the nation is plunged into an alert level 4 lockdown.
Health teams yesterday revealed a 58-year-old Auckland man was the first person to test positive in the latest outbreak, before Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said this morning there was now a further four cases linked to the man.
Here is what we know about the cases.
• A Devonport man, aged 58 was the first case identified yesterday He was described as being a type of “tradesperson” by the Prime Minister this morning.
The man wasn’t vaccinated and there are now locations of interest connected to him in Auckland and the Coromandel. However, health teams said he was very good at scanning into places he visited using the NZ Covid Tracer app.
About eight locations the man visited were private residential homes. Another 15 locations of interest listed on the MoH website were public places where members of the public could have possibly visited.
• The Ministry of Health this morning advised a workmate of the Devonport man has also subsequently tested positive to Covid.
• The other three cases are all contacts of the workmate of the Devonport man.
That includes an Auckland Hospital nurse. She is fully vaccinated and believed to have been asymptomatic. The Auckland District Health Board is now having an internal lockdown as it rushes to prevent a Covid-19 outbreak at Auckland Hospital.
Minister for Covid-19 Response Chris Hipkins said it was possible contact tracers using the NZ Covid Tracer app would find more community cases among people, who weren’t showing symptoms of Covid.
He also expected the number of locations of interest to grow.
PM Ardern earlier said the fact a fully vaccinated nurse was able to contract the new Delta Covid variant didn’t show the vaccine had failed.
The vaccine has been shown overseas to in the most part prevent serious illness and hospitalisation, she said.