New Zealand records 13 new coronavirus infections as quarantine hotel worker tests positive

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Fresh twist in New Zealand’s horror second wave as hotel quarantine worker tests positive to COVID-19 as 13 more residents are diagnosed with coronavirus

New Zealand has recorded 13 new COVID-19 cases as it’s revealed a man who worked in hotel quarantine contracted the virus separately to the Auckland community cluster. 

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Director-General of Health and Chief Executive Dr Ashley Bloomfield said 12 of the 13 new infections reported on Tuesday are linked to known clusters.  

New Zealand is currently battling 90 active infections: 69 linked to a community cluster in Auckland, 20 in returned travellers in hotel quarantine and one separate infection in a maintenance worker.

Director-General of Health and Chief Executive Dr Ashley Bloomfield said 12 of the 13 new infections reported on Tuesday are linked to known clusters

The man works in maintenance at the Rydges Hotel managed isolation facility in Auckland but he does not have any routine contact with guests. 

He carries out maintenance tasks in the hotel rooms between bookings and after the rooms have been disinfected. He wears personal protective equipment while on the job.

The man tested positive on Sunday and genome sequencing results released on Tuesday indicate his infection is not linked to the community cluster. 

‘It is most closely linked to a positive case that was in the Rydges and was identified on the 31st of July,’ Dr Bloomfield said.

‘This is a returnee from the USA.’ 

Dr Bloomfield said 98 people – 44 positive cases and their close contacts – have been moved to the Auckland quarantine facility. 

More to come 

Pictured: A man walks his dog under level 3 restrictions along Kohimarama Beach in Auckland on Monday

Pictured: A man walks his dog under level 3 restrictions along Kohimarama Beach in Auckland on Monday

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