Community transmission is back

The 102 days stretch without community transmission in New Zealand has been broken:

Bloomfield said there were four confirmed cases in one family acquired from an unknown source.

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.

Workers at the border are also being tested. . . 

In response to this, Auckland is going back to level 3 at midday today for three days.

The rest of the country is in level 2 until midnight on Friday.

Not knowing the source of the infection is very concerning.

The DG of Health told us last week that community transmission was inevitable.

He’s been proved right – but why was it inevitable? What went wrong? Was it human error or a process failure?


2 Responses to Community transmission is back

  1. adamsmith1922 says:

    Reblogged this on The Inquiring Mind and commented:
    My money is on incompetence

  2. Teletext says:

    What a surprise that it is back. With no testing of border or isolation workers, it has been only a matter of time before this happened. The only surprise is that it has taken so long to surface.

    It appears that the COL didn’t learn from their mistakes the first time around and didn’t beef up border and isolation control by ensuring that all border and isolation workers were regularly tested as through the border was the only way the virus was going to get back into the country and with all the positive cases that have been tested it was only a matter of time before one of these workers took the virus home with them. Their going hard and going early doesn’t seem to stack up.

    It is interesting to note that one of the scientists has predicted that there will probably be about 20 cases in Auckland thanks to the slack controls that this useless government have put in place. There’s even talk that the Auckland lockdown could go on for almost 2 months. I doubt that if that becomes the case then all the “fairy princess’s” pixie dust won’t help one iota. The “kindness” call will soon wear thin. Watch the scare tactics start to roll out.

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