Just been reading the NZ Herald. “Covid 19 coronavirus: Auckland in lockdown, rest of country in level 2 – Four cases of community transmission“.
Four cases of community transmission from the same family – presumably without an obvious cause. Lock down for 3 days in the Auckland super city area at level 3 starting noon Wednesday. Level 2 for everywhere else outside of Auckland.
This is a good response as it will allow time to contact trace people who need to be tested, and to try to figure out how covid-19 got into the community.
Ardern said more than one workplace was involved, and it wasn’t just one distinct suburb in Auckland that was likely affected.
An Auckland man in his 50s was tested yesterday after having symptoms. He had no history of overseas travel and was tested a second time today. Both tests were positive.
Six other people were in his family, and three of them have tested positive. The other three tested negative.
Close contacts have been isolated for 14 days regardless of their test results. Casual contacts are also being isolated and cannot leave until they test negative.
Bloomfield said he was expecting to find other cases because they didn’t know the source of the infection.
Ardern said more questions needed to be answered, Ardern said, including tracing the case to its source.NZ Herald: “Covid 19 coronavirus: Auckland in lockdown, rest of country in level 2 – Four cases of community transmission“
This allows a few days to do the contact tracing and see if there is a causation. The PM was informed at 4pm, and Bloomfield at about 3pm. There was a suspicious case yesterday and the test(s) came through today.
Essentially a precautionary lock down because at present they don’t know how covid-19 got into circulation in this family. They will be looking both at testing possible contacts of known cases, and also to find out how they got it.