Jan 25, 2021
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New Zealand detects first COVID-19 case in more than two months

New Zealand authorities have identified the first COVID-19 coronavirus infection outside of quarantine facilities since November last year, likely a South African strain, Radio New Zealand reported.

The coronavirus was detected in a 56-year-old woman from the Northland region who returned from a trip to Europe and was in self-isolation for two weeks. Ten days later, she again passed the coronavirus test, she was diagnosed with COVID-19. Presumably, this is a South African strain.

In Australia, after this incident, air traffic with New Zealand is closed for three days.

Previously, scientists have identified the degree of infectiousness of the South African coronavirus strain. According to research, the new variant of the virus penetrates cells more easily and becomes more firmly fixed in them. The 501Y.V2 variant was discovered by South African scientists late last year, likely triggering a second wave of disease in South Africa.

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