Despite drastic measures to halt travel in and out of the Auckland region, and severe personal movement and gathering restrictions, the tally surpassed the earlier Bluff wedding and Marist College clusters that had stopped at 98 and 96 respectively. New cases linked to the church are still emerging. Then last week the fast-growing city-wide cluster that Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern warned would have a long tail took a deadly turn, claiming the lives of two men in 24 hours. The largest, a cluster of cases linked to students and staff at Auckland's Marist College, has now swelled to 48. When Williams was first admitted to hospital just days after Auckland moved to alert level 3 health authorities said the 82-year-old had been treating people at his Mt Wellington practice, located near the Americold cold store, right up to when he fell ill. Share page. Five new Covid-19 cases in NZ today, Auckland August cluster closed 2:28 pm on 3 November 2020 There are five new Covid-19 cases in New Zealand today, four in managed isolation and one in the community which was revealed last night. Thank you for taking your time to send in your valued opinion to Science X editors. STAY IN THE KNOW. Many lineages, including B.1.1.1, have a wide global spread. To date 17 children under 9 and 34 aged between 10 and 19 have Covid-19. Unlike the earlier March outbreak this second wave has seen the Pasifika community fall victim to what Ardern has frequently dubbed a "tricky virus" in large numbers. COVID-19 Latest. In August, Auckland entered a second three-week lockdown after a cluster of more than 100 infected people developed in the city’s south. This sparked a new outbreak, dubbed the Auckland August cluster. Contact tracing casts a broad net. There are five new Covid-19 cases in New Zealand today, four in managed isolation and one in the community which was revealed last night. Scientists have turned the complex tale of Auckland's August Covid-19 cluster into a fascinating interactive, threading together its cases with genomic data. Tests have returned negative from classmates and teachers. PCR tests shouldn't be relied on by themselves. Four new cases of Covid-19: two linked to Auckland August cluster, two imported 10/09/2020. Third, there were a few cases for which contact tracing produced only uncertain links between people, but sequencing confirmed they were part of the same cluster. The four new community cases are linked to the wider Auckland August cluster and are epidemiologically linked to the Mt Roskill Evangelical Church “mini-cluster”. The current number of active cases within the cluster is 55. Few people from Auckland's August cluster have spoken publicly and the family wants to stay anonymous. 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Three months ago, during the Auckland August coronavirus cluster, the Government announced 500 more Defence personnel would be deployed to managed … Auckland: Two new cases of coronavirus were announced on Sunday, both in the community and linked to the Auckland August cluster. The first case in this sub-cluster was reported on August 28, and the most recent case was reported … A month ago New Zealand was delivered the news no one wanted to hear. The origins of this cluster remain under investigation. This allows health authorities to infer a connection between cases or pinpoint potential sources of infection much more promptly than before. Next, let's look at the possibility of ongoing transmission in NZ since the first outbreak. But with different countries having radically different sequencing efforts (of the 81,000 genomes on GISAID, 35,000 are from the UK alone), finding a link to a country could merely indicate that country has done lots of sequencing. This high false negative rate is one reason to insist on 14 days of isolation. Let's tackle each in turn, starting with the recent border incursion theory. File photo. Either the second wave is due to a recent border incursion from a country where this viral lineage has been transmitted. It has now overtaken the Bluff wedding cluster which was linked to 98 cases earlier this year. Talking about his new role, he says he is under no illusions about the scale and importance of it. A maintenance worker at the Rydges Hotel managed isolation facility tested positive on Sunday. We do not guarantee individual replies due to extremely high volume of correspondence. "The Auckland August cluster will officially close when there have been no new cases for two incubation periods from when all cases complete isolation." Even trying to determine the country of origin is hard. Get weekly and/or daily updates delivered to your inbox. Of those 3,199 have been contacted and put into self-isolation. The current number of active cases within the cluster is 55. There was a resurgence of community transmission in August and September 2020 associated with the Auckland August cluster. Throughout, the confirmed cases have outnumbered the probable cases. But even so, recent transmission across the border is clearly more likely, given the presence of this strain around the world and the absence of any intermediate cases to link NZ's first and second waves. The outbreak has grown to 30 people and extended beyond Auckland for the first time. This document is subject to copyright. Around 40% of cases found in managed facilities have no available genome sequence because the sample contains too little viral material. By Susan Strongman, RNZ As of today, there are 177 cases of Covid-19 associated with the Auckland August Cluster. The ministry said two community cases are linked to the Auckland August cluster, and specifically to the sub-cluster, which was sparked when an infectious member of the Mt Roskill Evangelical Fellowship Church visited the home of a bereaved family. Instead, their work is now focused on finding out how the worker got infected and whether there are any intermediate cases. Neither your address nor the recipient's address will be used for any other purpose. All in Auckland. They became the 23rd and 24th victims of the virus since it came to our shores in February, turning this year on its head. The content is provided for information purposes only. After 102 days of no new Covid-19 cases in the community, suddenly four members of a South Auckland family had tested positive. Until the cluster was discovered Tuesday, New Zealand had gone 102 days without infections spreading in … Ministry of Health Covid-19 update October 8, 2020 There are two new cases of Covid-19 to report from managed isolation in New Zealand today. So far, the technique has confirmed Auckland's second wave of cases are all part of the same cluster, except for one case identified on Tuesday who contracted the virus via exposure to a returned traveler from the United States. This sounds very unlike the virulent, fast-spreading virus we think we know, although it's also true the initial stages of growth of an outbreak can be slow. We estimated that it was highly likely that the Auckland August cluster was eliminated by October 5 before Auckland returned to Alert Level 1 on October 7. Director-General of Health Dr Ashley Bloomfield says all the new cases are in quarantine. The second was a household contact of a confirmed case linked to the Mt Roskill Evangelical Church sub-cluster. There are now 87 confirmed cases in the new Auckland cluster. They both succumbed to the infection on Friday. Both men had battled for their lives in intensive care units at Middlemore and Auckland City hospitals. Tag: Auckland August cluster. By The Right Monk on December 17, 2020. A month on, where the first person became sick still remains a mystery. The resulting sequences will be useful to science well beyond the immediate response, as we seek to develop a deeper understanding of this virus, and epidemics more generally. So far, the "Auckland August cluster", as it's known, has seen 146 people become infected, including five new daily cases confirmed on September 1. By NICK PERRY August 14, 2020 GMT. With no new COVID-19 cases in two incubation periods, the Ministry of Health is planning to close the Auckland August cluster. New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern reacts during a press conference in Wellington, New Zealand, Friday, Aug. 14, 2020. or, by David Welch, The Conversation. ... testing at the country’s border facilities and ports has also not revealed any source of infection linking the Auckland cluster with the wider world. Science X Daily and the Weekly Email Newsletter are free features that allow you to receive your favorite sci-tech news updates in your email inbox, Follow the latest news on the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak, Study explores the effects of morning weather on people's mood and wellbeing at work, Biotin, mitochondria, and dementia: Research reveals a connection, Study explores the effects of immune responses on the aging brain, Link found between self-control in childhood and success later in life, Opening a new door into kinder, gentler therapies for chronic inflammation. We have seen this lineage only once before in New Zealand, in a pair of cases in mid-April who were in managed isolation in Auckland. It indicates the current cluster comes from the so-called B.1.1.1 lineage, most frequently documented in the UK but more recently found in Europe, Australia and South Africa. This was mostly expected based on established physical links, but the genetic confirmation is nevertheless valuable. There are three new cases of COVID detected in people in managed isolation today. This site uses cookies to assist with navigation, analyse your use of our services, and provide content from third parties. August 25, 2020. Covid-19: False negative case could’ve started Auckland August cluster – experts. However, in scenarios that did not lead to elimination, case numbers grew rapidly in the absence of Alert Level 3 restrictions. The earliest known case in the current wave has been pinpointed to a worker at an Americold cool store in Mt Wellington who fell ill on July 31. All are in quarantine, along with some of their close contacts. New Zealand's government on Friday extended a lockdown of its largest city Auckland for another 12 days as it tries to stamp out its first domestic coronavirus outbreak in more than three months. SIGN UP TO OUR DAILY NEWSLETTERS HERE. Copy link. The prime minister said at a press conference that 179 cases have been linked to … The origins of this cluster remain under investigation. We can understand the extent of the spread using GISAID, the global database in which viral genomes are shared. Members of … 14 August 2020. By 20 April, there were less than ten cases reported per day and after 1 May less than five per day. Ministry of Health figures show 62 per cent of those in the Auckland August cluster are Pacific people. All are in quarantine, along with some of their close contacts. In a statement released this afternoon, the Ministry reports there are three new cases of COVID-19 to report from managed isolation in New Zealand today. Since the outbreak emerged the Health Ministry has dubbed it a mini cluster, with confirmed genomic and suspected epidemiological links to the Auckland outbreak. 13 August 13 new confirmed cases in New Zealand, 1 in managed isolation from an arrival from overseas, and 12 related to the family cluster announced on 11 August. 15 testing centres are opened across Auckland, and testing centres have opened in Rotorua and Taupo (due to the family having travelled there on holiday). All 29 cases “remain linked to one cluster centred in Auckland”, Ms Ardern said, adding that 38 people are in government quarantine. close. You can unsubscribe at any time and we'll never share your details to third parties. Compounding the cluster's spread is the infection through churches - at least five different congregations affecting hundreds of families across south and central Auckland. 30 August Prime Minister Ardern confirmed that Auckland would enter into what she was coining ‘Alert Level 2.5’ at 11.59pm that night, ending the regional lockdown, with the rest of the country remaining at Alert level 2. An approach that combines genomic data with data on all international arrivals could be more fruitful. Ideally, we would accurately calculate the likelihood of each scenario. The sprawling city-wide cluster has also affected Auckland schools, with two positive cases at Mt Albert Grammar. There are now 87 confirmed cases in the new Auckland cluster. Genomic evidence can tell us whether any of those contacts who subsequently test positive are indeed part of the same cluster, or whether they were infected elsewhere. Share. With no new COVID-19 cases in two incubation periods, the Ministry of Health is planning to close the Auckland August cluster. Daily science news on research developments and the latest scientific innovations, The latest engineering, electronics and technology advances, The most comprehensive sci-tech news coverage on the web. In contrast to the first outbreak, during which only 25 of the more than 1,000 positive samples had been genetically sequenced by mid-April, genome sequencing results are now available overnight, and sometimes even on the same day. Genome sequencing—mapping the genetic sequences of the virus from confirmed COVID-19 cases in a bid to track its spread—is now an integral part of New Zealand's coronavirus response. Another man connected to the August Auckland cluster also died on Friday at Middlemore Hospital. Neither can we rule out the possibility that a case in managed isolation or elsewhere at the border was not detected. Today a household contact of a confirmed case connected to the sub-cluster tested positive. Within weeks the cluster earmarked as the Auckland August cluster had swollen to become the single largest connected group of Covid-19 victims in our country with 159 men, women and children testing positive. Science reporter Jamie Morton talked to Dr James Hadfield , a Wanaka-based phylogeneticist with Seattle's Bedford Lab, about what we've learned - and the three likely explanations for the mystery outbreak. If a known case has visited a school, church or large workplace, many hundreds of people may need to be tested. 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