Kovid-19 is the first community case in New Zealand in three weeks

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New Zealand has registered a case of Kovid-19 in the community for the first time in three weeks.

An Auckland man tested positive for the virus yesterday after developing symptoms the previous day, Director General of Health Ashley Bloomfield said in Auckland on Sunday. People who had contact with them before the days when they could be contagious have been put in isolation.

“The case is caught early and the risk of transmission is quickly absorbed after that,” Bloomfield told reporters.
The news of the latest community case comes as Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern swept to a resounding victory in a general election, largely on the back of her government’s successful response to Kovid-19. Her elimination strategy has seen twice-implicit community outbreaks, most recently a group of 179 cases in the largest city of Auckland that were terminated in early October.

Bloomfield said he told the Health Minister late yesterday about the new case.