Covid 19 coronavirus: More locations expected as Auckland cluster grows

Eight new locations of interest have been released by the Ministry of Health this morning.

The new locations, updated 8.25am:

• KFC Glenfield
• KFC Māngere
• Westside Fitness Henderson
• Food Village Manurewa
• Pak’n Save Clendon
• Countdown Manurewa
• Jets Gym Ōtāhuhu

People who were at the Jets Gym in Ōtāhuhu between 12pm and 3pm on Monday, August 16, are told to isolate immediately.

Those who went to KFC Glenfield, on the North Shore, are affected if they were there on Saturday, August 14, between 10.40am and 6.30pm.

Shoppers at Countdown Takanini are also advised to get tested after a positive case was there for 10 minutes last Monday, August 16, between 10am and 10.10am.

The same advice is given to anyone to was at the Food Village in Manurewa, on Browns Rd, on Thursday, August 12, from 10am to 10.15am.

The last two locations of interest added this morning are Countdown Manurewa – where a person visited on Monday, August 16, between 12pm and 12.30pm – and Pak’nSave Clendon on Tuesday, August 17, between 9am and 11am.

Almost 300 locations were released by the end of the day on Sunday and they now span from Auckland, Coromandel, Thames, Rotorua, Waiōuru, Bulls and Wellington.

Most of the locations are in Auckland – from North Shore, West Auckland, East Auckland and South Auckland – and include everything from cafes, restaurants, takeaways, supermarkets, hospitals, several schools, at least one car yard and even a cemetery.

Experts say we will continue to see the number of cases rise during the next five days or so at least.

A total of 72 people have tested positive for the virus in the community – 66 of those cases being in Auckland and six in Wellington.

Anyone who has been to a location of interest is immediately regarded as a close contact of a positive case and must legally self-isolate for 14 days – as well as everyone in their household.

Some Auckland supermarkets have had to reduce their opening hours or close their stores entirely due to many of their staff having to go into self-isolation after a particular store was identified as a location of interest.

Speaking on TV1’s Breakfast programme on Monday morning, Associate Health Minister Dr Ayesha Verrall said contact tracers had been working hard to get in touch with people identified as close contacts.

They had managed to get hold of up to 10,000 people linked to locations of interest nationwide.

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