New Zealand plans to extend the confinement of three days currently in force in its largest city, Auckland, following the occurrence of an outbreak of contamination in coronavirus of 17 cases, said a senior official Wednesday.
The head of the department of health, Ashley Bloomfield, said on Wednesday that 13 new cases were recorded, all linked to the family of four people tested positive on Tuesday for the coronavirus.
New Zealand had imposed in haste this week a confinement of three days in Auckland after contamination from an unknown source of the four members of the same family.
The discovery of such case at the time of testing has put an end to a period of 102 days without contamination. The order of containment is to expire Friday at midnight.
Health teams are hard at work to try to identify the source of an outbreak of infection, ” added Mr Bloomfield.
“We want to know its magnitude as fast as possible, so we have tested all the relatives, casual contacts, colleagues and family,” he said.
In addition, the screening campaign has been intensified.
Among the new cases include a student who attends one of the largest facilities in the country which includes more than 3000 students, said Mr Blommfield.
The first minister Jacinda Ardern has shown that new cases related to this new focus of contamination are expected.
“The lessons we have learned from the first wave of sars coronavirus, it is that once you have identified the home of contamination, it develops before slow down “, she explained during a televised address.
She is however encouraged by the fact that, until now, these new cases are limited to a single group located in Auckland.
Calling the situation ” serious and serious “, it stated that it is managed in ” urgent, but calm and methodical “.
A possible extension of the containment will be decided based on the results of the survey in the coming 24 hours, said Mr Bloomfield.
“It is too early to say (…) We will have a lot more information tomorrow.”
New Zealand has so far recorded 22 deaths due to the coronavirus on its soil for a population of 5 million inhabitants.
For all that, Auckland is expecting a resurgence of the epidemic, ” said Mr. Bloomfield. “Yes, we were becoming complacent and it is for this reason that our message these last few weeks was to avoid this “, he stressed.