Let's tackle each in turn, starting with the recent border incursion theory. Of those 3,199 have been contacted and put into self-isolation. Auckland August COVID cluster to close soon. 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. Talking about his new role, he says he is under no illusions about the scale and importance of it. Either the second wave is due to a recent border incursion from a country where this viral lineage has been transmitted. 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. Households connected to the Mt Roskill Evangelical Fellowship have suffered the highest toll, with 33 people falling ill to date. Auckland Covid cluster caused by quarantine breach, says Winston Peters Information on outbreak in New Zealand city from trusted source, says deputy PM Coronavirus – latest updates or, by David Welch, The Conversation. The virus can be transmitted in managed isolation facilities, as the recent Rydges hotel case underlines. October 7, Auckland returned to Alert Level 1, having successfully contained and most probably eliminated the ‘Auckland August cluster’. Members of … and Terms of Use. Sequencing of viral genomes has become part of the pipeline to aid contact tracing. New cases linked to the church are still emerging. Auckland's lockdown will continue until 11.59pm on Wednesday August 26, with the rest of the country under looser Level 2 rules until the same time, although a review of the decision will take place in a week's time on August 21. Since the outbreak emerged the Health Ministry has dubbed it a mini cluster, with confirmed genomic and suspected epidemiological links to the Auckland outbreak. You can be assured our editors closely monitor every feedback sent and will take appropriate actions. Auckland August cluster: 177 cases total, of which 55 are active. 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. This high false negative rate is one reason to insist on 14 days of isolation. By using our site, you acknowledge that you have read and understand our Privacy Policy All in Auckland. Just days out before the region's alert level was to step down a notch, every student and teacher at the large central Auckland high school were asked to get a test before classes recommenced. Tests have returned negative from classmates and teachers. Until the cluster was discovered Tuesday, New Zealand had gone 102 days without infections spreading in … The sprawling city-wide cluster has also affected Auckland schools, with two positive cases at Mt Albert Grammar. "The Auckland August cluster will officially close when there have been no new cases for two incubation periods from when all cases complete isolation." A person who tested negative for Covid-19 despite carrying the virus could’ve started the August Auckland Covid-19 cluster, while further cases could be moving undetected through the border, public health experts say. Read the original article. October 8: As cases from the August cluster continue to subside, Auckland joins the rest of the country at Alert Level 1. With no new COVID-19 cases in two incubation periods, the Ministry of Health is planning to close the Auckland August cluster. This document is subject to copyright. Today a household contact of a confirmed case connected to the sub-cluster tested positive. All 29 cases “remain linked to one cluster centred in Auckland”, Ms Ardern said, adding that 38 people are in government quarantine. Three months ago, during the Auckland August coronavirus cluster, the Government announced 500 more Defence personnel would be deployed to managed … There are three new cases of COVID detected in people in managed isolation today. Both were already in isolation. But it hasn't established the ultimate source of this second-wave outbreak. On 11 … First, it identified a new case without links to the current community cluster. Copy link. Your email address is used only to let the recipient know who sent the email. This usually indicates a low viral load (and low level of infectiousness), but it does not rule out transmission. It is providing greater certainty in identifying clusters and helps focus the investigations of contact tracers. Here are some details on what authorities have called the ‘Auckland August cluster’. There are now 87 confirmed cases in the new Auckland cluster. 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. Get weekly and/or daily updates delivered to your inbox. Half the Covid deaths remain linked to the Rosewood rest home cluster in Christchurch where 12 residents died. A maintenance worker at the Rydges Hotel managed isolation facility tested positive on Sunday. Even testing twice (currently on days three and 12 of quarantine) is expected to miss at least 4% of cases, based on a false negative rate that is at best 20%. Both men had battled for their lives in intensive care units at Middlemore and Auckland City hospitals. File photo. 14 August 2020. Auckland August cluster: • 177 cases total, of which 55 are active. Through genomic testing, we know that all the sub-clusters are linked to the Auckland August cluster - but we don't know how the virus was transmitted from a person in the Auckland August cluster to the first person to be infected within each sub-cluster. Auckland's dire August - the cluster that changed everything A month ago New Zealand was delivered the news no one wanted to hear. By The Right Monk on December 17, 2020. Five new Covid-19 cases in NZ today, Auckland August cluster closed. As of today, there are … After 102 days of no new Covid-19 cases in the community, suddenly four members of a South Auckland family had tested positive. Two cases are imported. - NZ Herald, Covid 19 coronavirus: 'Most likely weeks' before Auckland reaches tail of cluster - NZ Herald, Covid 19 Coronavirus: Auckland community cluster's infectious creep - NZ Herald, Insurance Council defends skyrocketing Wellington premiums, Chilled transmission: Research shows how long virus lasts on food, TO READ THE HERALD'S FULL CORONAVIRUS COVERAGE CLICK HERE. Te Hiko, aged in his 50s, is the youngest person to die from coronavirus in New Zealand. 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. 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. At its height 11 people were treated in hospital on August 28 across Auckland and Waikato. - NZ Herald, Covid 19 coronavirus: Could the Auckland cluster flare up again? However, in scenarios that did not lead to elimination, case numbers grew rapidly in the absence of Alert Level 3 restrictions. The largest, a cluster of cases linked to students and staff at Auckland's Marist College, has now swelled to 48. After 102 days of no new Covid-19 cases in the community, suddenly four members of a South Auckland family had tested positive. Minister for Covid-19 Response Chris Hipkins says the Auckland August cluster is now closed. The sequencing technology has shown its value in three distinct ways since this new outbreak was confirmed last week. Or, alternatively, it is the result of ongoing transmission in New Zealand starting from the pair identified in April. 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. 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 was mostly expected based on established physical links, but the genetic confirmation is nevertheless valuable. Yesterday there were four cases linked to the central Auckland congregation. All are in quarantine, along with some of their close contacts. 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. 27 August Seven new cases confirmed (six from the known South Auckland cluster, one in managed isolation at the border), bringing active cases to 126. 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. Auckland is … This site uses cookies to assist with navigation, analyse your use of our services, and provide content from third parties. The source may be among one of these cases. 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. 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. Auckland August COVID-19 cluster and 'sub-clusters' as at 15 September Photo credit: RNZ / Vinay Ranchhod By Susan Strongman for RNZ. PCR tests shouldn't be relied on by themselves. There are now 1425 cases of Covid-19 in New Zealand from both imported and community spread. 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. By Tuesday, sequencing results showed this case was not part of the wider cluster, but rather that the genetic sequences matched those from a US returnee who had stayed at the Rydges before testing positive and being moved into quarantine. August 25, 2020. With hundreds gathering for a wedding and three services earlier this month health officials appealed on August 27 for anyone who had been in any of the gatherings to watch for symptoms. The origins of this cluster remain under investigation. The information you enter will appear in your e-mail message and is not retained by Medical Xpress in any form. A class of 30 pupils at Otahuhu Primary were forced to self-isolate for two weeks after a parent spent time in the class the day before Auckland's mini-lockdown on August 12. And for the first time the number of youth and children suffering from the virus outstrip those in older age groups, making up almost a third of all positive cases. Whatever the source, we can take heart in New Zealand's response to this first known community transmission since the original epidemic. The origins of this cluster remain under investigation. Neither your address nor the recipient's address will be used for any other purpose. This sparked a new outbreak, dubbed the Auckland August cluster. They were all females, including a primary-age child, two women in their 20s and one aged 60-69 years. Auckland August cluster: 177 cases total, of which 55 are active. But the theory also depends on some unlikely assumptions: that the infection leaked from managed isolation, was transmitted undetected for about 15 generations until finally being found, and mutated fairly slowly over that period. 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. On Monday, Ardern announced that New Zealand's latest COVID-19 cluster is "under control." The prime minister said at a press conference that 179 cases have been linked to … One death. 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. • The origins of this cluster remain under investigation. 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. The person had not travelled overseas or had knowingly been in contact with a Covid-positive person. How New Zealand went 'hard and early' to beat Covid-19 Despite additional testing of all border workers and swabs from cool store surfaces, the origin still has not been found. Covid-19: False negative case could’ve started Auckland August cluster – experts. New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern reacts during a press conference in Wellington, New Zealand, Friday, Aug. 14, 2020. You can unsubscribe at any time and we'll never share your details to third parties. Indeed, at the current time, the ‘Auckland August cluster’ is known to involve a further 178 cases, that are either epidemiologically or phylogenetically linked to the August 11 index case. This means Auckland will remain at level three and New Zealand will remain at level two until Wednesday August 26, Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern confirmed at a press conference this afternoon. They became the 23rd and 24th victims of the virus since it came to our shores in February, turning this year on its head. Related Topics. Thank you for taking your time to send in your valued opinion to Science X editors. Military managed isolation sleaze: soldiers sent packing for inappropriate conduct stuff.co.nz - GEORGE BLOCK. Test results of one of the cases under investigation will be genome sequenced today as an epidemiological link couldn't be found. ... 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. Without rapid genome sequencing, contact tracers would have spent considerable effort looking for a link to the known cluster. Genomic tests suggested the strain originated in the UK or Australia. Auckland August COVID cluster to close soon. There was a resurgence of community transmission in August and September 2020 associated with the Auckland August cluster. After 102 days of no new Covid-19 cases in the community, suddenly four members of a South Auckland family had tested positive. Next, let's look at the possibility of ongoing transmission in NZ since the first outbreak. The Auckland August cluster belongs to a lineage that is in multiple continents around around the world. But a new cluster emerged in Auckland in August, forcing the city of 1.5 million into lockdown for almost three weeks. But despite our rapidly improving knowledge, we still don't know how and where the current outbreak started. Ministry of Health figures show 62 per cent of those in the Auckland August cluster are Pacific people. 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. "The Auckland August cluster will officially close when there have been no new cases for two incubation periods from when all cases complete isolation." We do not guarantee individual replies due to extremely high volume of correspondence. 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 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. They were distinguished physician, author and former Cook Islands prime minister Dr Joe Williams and Americold cool store team leader and father of four Alan Te Hiko. This article is republished from The Conversation under a Creative Commons license. 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. Second, genome sequencing has also shown that all other cases so far are part of a single cluster. The second was a household contact of a confirmed case linked to the Mt Roskill Evangelical Church sub-cluster. 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. The outbreak has grown to 30 people and extended beyond Auckland for the first time. When we look back at the first wave of infections, several of the cases that were assigned to the same cluster were shown not to be genetically related after all, showing contact tracing alone is not fail-safe. New Zealand’s deputy prime minister has said a “breach” in quarantine was responsible for the cluster of Covid-19 cases that has forced Auckland to re-enter strict lockdown for three days. STAY IN THE KNOW. The Auckland August outbreak exhibited some important differences to the March/April outbreak. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. Share. 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