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Two new COVID-19 patients reported in New Zealand

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In a country where all domestic restrictions or lockdowns had come to an end in the previous week, two new cases of coronavirus were reported today. Two women who had reportedly traveled to New Zealand from the UK, are said to have crossed Australia as well. 

According to the sources, they were kept in isolation in a hotel in Auckland and they made a visit to their relatives living in Wellington in a private vehicle. The people who were falling under the close vicinity of the women starting from the flight to their journey to Wellington are being traced to any such possible symptoms. 

Last week, New Zealand was declared coronavirus-free as there were no active cases since February 28, as per the recorded statement of the country’s health ministry. With the detection of new cases, New Zealand’s toll has come to a total of 1,156 cases. 

Confirming the same, New Zealand’s Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern also said on June 8, “We are confident we have eliminated the transmission of the virus in New Zealand for now, but elimination is not a point in time, it is a sustained effort. Today, 75 days later, we are ready” 

In a press briefing, the Director-General of Health Dr. Ashley Bloomfield said, “A new case is something that we hoped we wouldn’t get but is also something we expected and we have planned for. I have asked anyone released [from isolation] on a compassionate exemption to be tested, and there is a negative test result received and confirmed before they are released.”

Meanwhile, precautions are being taken at the local and national levels where an additional family member is being tested for the virus with the proper social distancing procedure by the local health bodies. 

 

Richard is a Post-Graduate in Mass Communication who is acquainted with the dos and don’ts of ethical journalism and news writing techniques. He is also a contributor to the World news section at USA Reformer.

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