Covid-19 coronavirus: Minister Chris Hipkins and Health Ministry’s Caroline McElnay give update on mystery Auckland case

The mystery case of Covid-19 has been genomically linked to the Defence Force cluster and there are no new cases.

New Zealand will remain at alert level 1 and Auckland’s CBD will re-open, said Covid-19 Response Minister Chris Hipkins.

However, the Government is asking New Zealanders to act with caution to reduce the risk of spread.

“Events can take place but we are asking people to act with caution,” Hipkins said.

Director of public health Caroline McElnay said the genome sequening of the woman’s case was identical to one in the defence force cluster and the investigation is now focusing on the link between the woman and the other confirmed cases.

There are four other new cases of Covid-19 today – all are in managed isolation.

Four additional testing stations have been stood up. The testing sites are reporting steady volumes.

McElnay said anyone in the Auckland area or throughout New Zealand who has cold or flu symtpms should stay home and get a test then stay isolated until you get a negative result.

If you were in Auckland CBD at locations of interest, you should get at test regardless of whether you have symptoms.

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This morning Hipkins said early results from the genome sequencing showed the mystery Auckland case might be linked to the November defence force cluster.

He said that was “incredibly, incredibly encouraging”.

The new community case, a woman in her 20s, was reported yesterday sparking an investigation into how she might have been infected with the virus.

There were no immediate obvious links to managed isolation, overseas travel or the border.

She felt ill on Monday, got a test on Tuesday but went to work and wore a mask at A-Z Collections on High St after a conversation with her manager.

Auckland CBD workers were today encouraged to work from home and those who live in the area have been advised to limit their movements and contact with others.

As well, New Zealanders are being asked to:

• Wear face coverings on public transport, planes and in places physical distancing isn’t possible.

• Use the Covid Tracer app wherever you go.

&bull Stay home if you’re sick, isolate and get a test.

• Wash your hands and cover your mouth if you sneeze or cough.

It was also revealed today the woman, who is an AUT student, didn’t go to classes but was at the City Campus Student Hub – an information hub for students – from 2.30pm to 2.40pm on Tuesday.

She also visited several locations:

These include:

• Smith and Caughey’s on Queen St on Saturday November 7 (3.50–6pm).

• Red Pig Restaurant, Kitchener St on Saturday November 7 (6-8.30pm)

• Takeaways from Starbucks Queen St and from Sunnytown Restaurant on Sunday November 8 (11.30-11.45am).

• Takeaways from The Gateau House on Queen St on Sunday November 8 (6.40-6.50pm)

• Takeaways from Starbucks Queen St and from Sunnytown Restaurant, Lorne St, on Monday November 9 (11.31-11.40am).

Anyone who dined at the Red Pig is being asked to isolate and get a test. People who were in the same place at the other locations should be on high alert for symptoms.

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