Covid confirmed as new South African strain

Dr Ashley Bloomfield.


The Ministry of Health is confident the Northland Covid-19 community case came directly from the Pullman Hotel and there is no missing link.

In a press conference this afternoon, Director-General of Health Dr Ashley Bloomfield confirmed the strain of Covid-19 in the case is from the new South African variant.

A decision was made to delay the release of 46 people from the Pullman Hotel, Covid-19 Response Minister Chris Hipkins said.

They will be tested again before being released.

Hipkins said those released since the 56-year-old woman left MIQ were being contacted.

Bloomfield said there were six new cases of Covid-19 in managed isolation today and 15 people were being treated as close contacts of the new case.