A 56-year-old woman from New Zealand has tested positive for the novel coronavirus and it is the first community case in the last 2 months.
It is said that the woman tested positive for the virus after being released from a government managed isolation at the Pullman hotel where she tested negative for the disease twice.
The woman arrived in Auckland on December 30, 2020, after travelling to Spain and the Netherlands in the span of 4 months.
She tested negative twice after having arrived from London.
This is the first community case in New Zealand since November 18, 2020.
The woman was released from the Pullman on January 13, 2021, and ended up travelling around South Northland with her husband.
They visited around 30 locations, which includes holiday spots, AirBnbs, and numerous shops.
Earlier this month, the woman, whose identity was not shared with the public, started to experience very mild symptoms such as muscle aches.
Dr. Ashley Bloomfield, the Director General of Health, said that the woman and her husband are currently isolating inside their house, which is located south of Whangarei.
The woman did not require hospital care.
Chris Hipkins, the coronavirus response minister, said that it was too early to establish whether transmission has started in the country.
Talking about it, Chris said:
It is too early to speculate on what our [government] response should be. We don’t have the relevant information to make those decisions yet. There is absolutely no need for any panic buying or any of that kind of behaviour.
New Zealand only reported around 2000 cases of the coronavirus in the year 2020 and in the entire country, around 26 deaths were confirmed.
Let’s hope no one else contracts the deadly coronavirus, which has killed millions of people all over the world.