Tue, 29 Sep 2020

WELLINGTON, Aug. 13 (Xinhua) -- New Zealand reported 14 new cases of COVID-19 on Thursday, including one in managed isolation and quarantine facilities, and 13 cases of community transmission were related to Tuesday's four cases from an Auckland family.

The case in managed isolation was a woman in her 30s who arrived in New Zealand from the Philippines on Aug. 8. She has been in managed isolation at the Distinction Hotel and tested positive around day 3 of her stay, Director-General of Health Ashley Bloomfield told a press conference.

The 13 new confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the community were all in Auckland and are all linked to the four people from the same family in Auckland previously reported, Bloomfield said.

The 14 cases have brought the total number of active cases in New Zealand to 36, 17 of which are linked to the recent outbreak, he said.

The country's total number of confirmed cases reached 1,238, which is the number reported to the World Health Organization.

Auckland resumed COVID-19 Alert Level 3 at noon on Wednesday for three days, with the rest of the country going to Level 2, after 102 days without community transmission in the country.

The government will make decisions and inform people in advance of lockdown finishing at Friday midnight, said Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern.

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