18 Feb 2021

Potential Covid-19 link to MIQ weeks ago highly unlikely - officials

From Checkpoint, 5:23 pm on 18 February 2021

Authorities have uncovered a new lead in their investigations over how Covid-19 made it back into the community - albeit a tenuous one.

Health officials have so far been confounded by how three members of a South Auckland family caught the virus before testing positive on Saturday.

Genome sequencing has now found a potential link with a guest in managed isolation six weeks ago - but officials caution it's still a highly unlikely option.

Our deputy political editor Craig McCulloch reports.