Thursday, July 18, 2024

Auckland cases confirmed at UK strain of COVID-19

The results of genomic sequencing for the first two Auckland February cases is now available, the Ministry of Health announced this morning.

The results, which came through from ESR overnight, show the COVID-19 variant B1.1.7 first detected in the UK.  

“The results from these cases do not link directly to any other positive cases detected in New Zealand to date,” the Ministry said in a statement.

“ESR is now conducting a scan of the international genome database to see if there is a match.

“This result reinforces the decision to take swift and robust action around the latest cases to detect and stamp out the possibility of any further transmission.”

The Ministry said an intensive source investigation around the latest cases continued, along with public health actions and alert level changes outlined yesterday, designed to break any potential chains of transmission.

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