Community transmission confirmed in NZ as cases rise to 102

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Community transmission confirmed in NZ as cases rise to 102

Ministry of Health Director-General Dr Ashley Bloomfield confirmed 36 new cases of COVID-19 in New Zealand. This brings the total to 102.

Over half of the new cases are related to overseas travel, most are close contacts or associated with an even with identified cases. There remain two cases that are being treated as community transmission. These two cases are located in Auckland and Wairarapa.

Dr Bloomfield said contact tracing is being “ramped up” with 1200 tests being processed today. He also said they will be stepping up capacity at Healthline, adding more staff and support from over government healthlines.

Bloomfield explains the case positivity rate remains low at 1-2%, compared to places across the globe.

The Prime Minister is expected to make an announcement about the alert level this afternoon.

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