New COVID-19 community case in New Zealand | Instant News

New Zealand health officials believe they have contained the new outbreak of COVID-19 after identifying the virus in maritime workers.

After weeks of no COVID-19 cases in the community, health director general Ashley Bloomfield has announced a man had returned a positive result for the virus on Saturday.

Dr Bloomfield said the man was tested on Friday within hours of developing symptoms, and was self-isolating as a precaution.

“This is a case that shows our system for early identification of cases is working and we have a clear line of investigation into this person’s infection,” said Dr Bloomfield.

“This case was caught early on and the risk of further transmission was resolved immediately.”

The man worked on ships already at Auckland and Port Taranaki in New Plymouth.

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