Covid 19 coronavirus: NZ well being officers reveal 36 instances of UK, South Africa strains detected – NZ Herald

There are actually 17 extra folks contaminated with two extremely contagious Covid-19 strains who’ve arrived in New Zealand previously fortnight.

The Ministry of Well being at present launched its newest genomic sequencing outcomes of people that had examined constructive for Covid since January 6.

Complete genome sequencing had recognized 11 samples of B.1.1.7 (generally known as the UK variant) and 6 samples of B.1.3.5.1 (generally known as the South Africa variant).

Assessments have now detected 36 folks arriving in New Zealand with the contagious strains since they emerged late final 12 months – 29 samples of the UK variant and 7 of the South African variant.

The ministry mentioned all had been detected in managed isolation.

However there was warning these strains would proceed to indicate up in managed isolation amenities throughout New Zealand.

“We anticipate we’ll proceed to see each the UK variant and South Africa variant in constructive instances in our managed isolation amenities right here in New Zealand as these types of the virus grow to be more and more widespread world wide,” mentioned the ministry.

All constructive Covid-19 checks are despatched to ESR for complete genome sequencing as a part of ongoing surveillance and our total elimination technique.

At January 11, there have been 19 instances of the UK pressure (B.1.1.7) and one case of the South Africa variant (B.1.351) in New Zealand since December 13, 2020.

Earlier final week the ministry mentioned: “Present analysis suggests the B.1.1.7 variant is round one-and-a-half occasions extra transmissible than earlier variants however there is no such thing as a proof at this stage that the size of the an infection interval is any completely different to some other variant of Covid-19, neither is there proof that it causes extra extreme sickness. We’re additionally carefully monitoring rising analysis on the B.1.351 variant.”

There are at the moment 76 folks with Covid in quarantine throughout New Zealand.

Yesterday’s new instances

It comes as New Zealand noticed six new coronavirus instances in managed isolation, together with one traveller from South Africa who examined constructive on day 24.

The contaminated travellers got here from South Africa, Britain, Zimbabwe, America and Russia.

The case from South Africa was inside a journey bubble of a beforehand confirmed case reported on December 31. The contaminated individual has been within the Auckland quarantine facility because the contact case was detected.

One other one that travelled from the UK examined constructive on day 12. They arrived in New Zealand on December 29 by way of the United Arab Emirates.

A world mariner additionally examined constructive. The ministry mentioned this individual was a part of a world fishing crew which left New Zealand by way of ship on December 18. There had been a earlier historical past of abroad Covid-like sickness in members of the family and a weak constructive take a look at resulted in a scientific evaluation deeming it a historic case.

The seaman arrived in New Zealand from Russia and was screened for Covid round day zero as a part of routine testing in transit.

One individual from the USA examined constructive round day three. They arrived within the nation on January 14.

One other traveller who handed by means of the United Arab Emirates from an unnamed nation examined constructive round day 9 and had been moved to an Auckland quarantine facility.

One one that arrived on January 9 from Zimbabwe examined constructive on day 9, and a traveller who arrived from the UK on December 29 examined constructive on day 12. They had been each in quarantine amenities in Auckland.

This week the ministry moved to strengthen the border with day 0/1 take a look at and pre-departure testing for all passengers except for these from Australia, Antarctica and most Pacific Islands.

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