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For the first time in three weeks, New Zealand reported a case of Covid-19 in the community.
A man from Auckland yesterday tested positive for the virus after symptoms appeared the day before, Health Director-General Ashley Bloomfield said on Sunday in Auckland. People with whom the man came in contact the day before, when he could be infectious, were isolated.
“The case was opened at the beginning, and the risk of further transfer is quickly contained,” Bloomfield told reporters.
News of the community’s recent case comes hours after Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern won a landslide victory in the general election, largely due to her government’s successful response to Covid-19. Its community outbreak strategy has recorded twice, most recently a group of 179 cases in Auckland’s largest city, which was eliminated in early October.
Bloomfield said he informed the health minister about the new case late yesterday.