New Zealand reports first community COVID case in months

New Zealand reports first community COVID case in months

Wellington: New Zealand has reported its first case of community transmission in more than two months, although there was no immediate evidence the coronavirus was spreading.

Director-General of Health Ashley Bloomfield on Sunday said the case was a 56-year-old woman who recently returned from Europe.

Since leaving quarantine, the woman visited about 30 locations, which were yet to be made public.

Like other returning travellers, she spent 14 days in quarantine. She twice tested negative before returning home on January 13.

The woman started feeling mild symptoms on January 15, including muscle aches and began feeling sicker over time. A positive COVID-19 test was returned on Saturday evening.

Dr Bloomfield said health officials would conduct genome testing but were working under the assumption that the case was a more transmissible variant of the virus.