New Zealand says new Covid-19 case is South African variant

25/01/2021 10:00:00 PM

New Zealand says new Covid-19 case is South African variant

New Zealand says new Covid-19 case is South African variant

New Zealand's first case of coronavirus in the community for more than two months has been identified as the more contagious South African variant, prompting Australia to suspend quarantine-free travel from the neighbouring country for at least 72 hours.

New Zealand’s first case of coronavirus in the community for more than two months has been identified as the more contagious South African variant, prompting Australia to suspend quarantine-free travel from the neighbouring country for at least 72 hours.

People walk on a street in Wellington on May 14, 2020. (Photo by Marty MELVILLE / AFP/ FILE/ MANILA BULLETIN)A 56-year-old New Zealander, who recently returned from Europe, tested positive on Saturday to the infectious strain, 10 days after she completed her compulsory two weeks in isolation.

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Agence France-Presse New Zealand’s first case of coronavirus in the community for more than two months has been identified as the more contagious South African variant, prompting Australia to suspend quarantine-free travel from the neighbouring country for at least 72 hours.VACC founder, PACC chairman Dante Jimenez passes away However, Australia would require screening of travelers from New Zealand before and after flights for the next 10 days, Kidd added, “given there is still a small risk of further associated cases being detected and with an abundance of caution”.MANILA — The Department of Health (DOH) on Saturday said all 48 samples that underwent genome sequencing yielded negative for the new and more transmissible COVID-19 variant, adding that sequencing reagents were running low.MANILA (UPDATE) — The Philippines on Saturday announced 5,000 more COVID-19 cases, a new-record high this year and the highest in nearly 7 months, raising the country’s total number of infections to 616,611.

People walk on a street in Wellington on May 14, 2020. (Photo by Marty MELVILLE / AFP/ FILE/ MANILA BULLETIN) A 56-year-old New Zealander, who recently returned from Europe, tested positive on Saturday to the infectious strain, 10 days after she completed her compulsory two weeks in isolation. Australia, which has closed its borders to all countries but New Zealand since March 2020, is now planning a vaccination program starting late February. New Zealand has been widely praised for its handling of the pandemic, with just 25 deaths from 1,927 confirmed virus cases in a population of five million. Of the 48 samples tested, 23 came from the capital region and were mostly from Quezon City, 19 from Calabarzon and were mostly from Laguna, 4 from Cordillera region, and 2 returning Filipinos, said the DOH. The latest case is New Zealand’s first in the community since mid-November and has been classified as a strain said to be more transmissible. “That means more points of presence for Australians in terms of where they can receive their COVID-19 vaccine,” Hunt said. “The strain of infection is the South African variant and the source of infection is highly likely to be a fellow returnee,” said Health Minister Chris Hipkins.  Active infections reached 56,679, with 92.

  Australian Health Minister Greg Hunt said it was a case of “significant concern” and the increased possibility of transmission had prompted his government to suspend its “travel bubble” with New Zealand for a minimum of 72 hours. The medicines can work with differing degrees of effectiveness, but all up, this can improve lives, extend lives, or save lives.  Seven of the cases have already recovered, according to the health department. “This will be done out of an abundance of caution whilst more is learnt about the event and the case,” he told reporters in Canberra. “The changes come into effect immediately. The plan also involves a vaccine developed by AstraZeneca Plc, although that product has not yet been approved by Australia’s Therapeutic Goods Administration.” Hunt urged New Zealanders with a flight to Australia scheduled within the next three days to “reconsider their need to travel” as they will have to go into hotel quarantine — like other international arrivals — for up to 14 days on arrival.1. The woman is thought to have been infected during quarantine by a person on the same floor of the hotel who tested positive two days before the woman left. For more news about the novel coronavirus click What you need to know about Coronavirus. The Philippines’ death toll due to the virus stood at 12,766.

  The 56-year-old travelled around the Northland region near Auckland after her release from quarantine and showed symptoms for several days before being tested. Two people close to her, including her husband, have since returned negative tests and New Zealand’s director-general of health Ashley Bloomfield said they likely avoided contracting the illness due to the type of infection. The Inquirer Foundation supports our healthcare frontliners and is still accepting cash donations to be deposited at Banco de Oro (BDO) current account #007960018860 or donate through PayMaya using this. The DOH earlier said this is part of the country’s border screening for new variants, and as part of its contact tracing program to those who are infected with the new strain. “She didn’t talk about respiratory symptoms, it was more muscle aches, so she may not have been sharing or spreading the virus much,” he said. “I don’t think that’s peculiar to this variant, it’s just how it was expressed in this woman.” The World Health Organization has said there is no clear evidence the South African variant leads to more severe disease or a higher death rate.  Out of 30,456 people who got tested for COVID-19 on Friday noon, some 3,900 or 12.

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