New Zealand reports first Covid-19 case outside quarantine facility in two months

New Zealand confirmed its first Covid-19 case outside a quarantine facility for the first time in over two months.

A 56-year-old woman who had recently returned from Europe tested positive days after completing a compulsory two-week period of managed isolation.

The woman returned to New Zealand on December 30, 2020. She underwent a mandatory quarantine at an isolation facility in Auckland and tested negative twice before leaving the facility on January 13, 2021.

She started developing mild symptoms two days later, which then got progressively worse. She received a positive test result during the weekend.

The woman tested positive for the South African strain of the virus.

The woman visited a number of places in New Zealand’s Northland region after leaving isolation.

The Health Ministry published a list of the locations, including supermarkets, restaurants and a gallery.

They said anyone who was at these places at the same time was considered a “casual contact”, and asked them to stay at home and get tested “out of an abundance of caution”.

Four close contacts of the women have also been tested and are isolating.