AUT student's neighbour confirmed as a new case after investigation

Nellie Chapman
November 16, 2020

Last week's positive test in a student, after authorities had twice managed to nearly stamp out community-transmitted COVID-19, was linked to a known case from a border isolation facility, suggesting less risk of a wider unseen spread.

NSW Health has reported another day without any locally transmitted COVID-19 infections - the eighth in a row.

There was also an increase in the number of Covid Tracer scans but just 500,000 people used the app on Saturday, which equates less than 20 per cent of all users.

Testing stations in the Auckland area continue to report steady volumes, after the AUT student, who also worked in the CBD, returned a positive test recently.

Investigations continue to identify the epidemiological link between Case A and Case D, who have the same genome sequence.

A NSW Health spokesperson said they were investigating if any arrivals from New Zealand could have come into contact with the new NZ case.

There are two pop-up testing centres in Auckland Central and community-based testing centres around the region and people can also get tests at their GP or nearest after-hours care clinic for free.

She has since been genomically linked to a Defence Force worker who dined at a tapas bar near her work. Case E has been at the Auckland quarantine facility since 12 November.

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Those who arrived in NSW from New Zealand since November 5 have been sent a message with NSW Health advice and are being contacted and alerted about a number of venues of concern in Auckland.

Covid-19 Response Minister Chris Hipkins will join the Prime Minister at the post-Cabinet press conference at 4pm.

Drivers and passengers on buses and trains in Auckland will have to wear some type of face covering.

The ministry continued to encourage the public to scan the contact tracing codes wherever they see them.

"All arrivals from New Zealand will be asked to monitor for even the mildest of symptoms and get tested and isolate if they appear unwell, then remain in isolation until a negative result is received, in line with routine advice for all people in NSW", they said.

"Anyone in these areas is urged to get tested immediately if they have any symptoms at all that could signal COVID-19", he said on Friday.

A full list of testing sites in Auckland is available on the Auckland Regional Public Health Service website.

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