28 Feb 2021

One new case of Covid-19 in the community

6:39 pm on 28 February 2021

There is one new community case of Covid-19.

Blood test for COVID-19. Examination of a blood sample for the presence of SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus.

Photo: 123RF

The Ministry of Health says the new case is linked to the Auckland February cluster, and the person is already in the Auckland quarantine facility.

The person is being referred to as Case O and is a household contact of Cases I, J, K and L.

They have been in the Auckland quarantine facility since 23 February as a precautionary measure and became symptomatic yesterday.

They returned a positive test this afternoon.

They have been in quarantine for their infectious period, which means there are no new locations of interest nor risk to the public, the ministry said in a statement.

Genome sequencing will be carried out.

The ministry also said genome sequencing results for case N, the mother of case M, both which were reported last night, has confirmed it is linked to the current outbreak.

How the new case is connected to the Auckland cluster

Case O is a household contact of cases I, J, K and L. They are five members of a South Auckland household, all who were moved into quarantine on 23 February after case I tested positive.

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Kmart Botany Photo: Google Maps

Case I is a Papatoetoe High School student, and cases J and K are their siblings. Case J is an older sibling who worked at Kmart, where more than 1200 shoppers were treated as close contacts.

Case K is an infant who did not attend any childcare. There is a third older sibling in the household.

Case L returned a positive test while in quarantine on 26 February, but because they were at work at KFC Botany Downs on the evening of 22 February, until 12.30am on 23 February, their workplace was registered as a location of interest.

Case O is the latest household member to return a positive test result, five days after the first person in their house tested positive.

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