Infectious diseases expert concerned over latest community cases

Author
Newstalk ZB,
Publish Date
Thu, 28 Jan 2021, 7:12AM
Photo / File
Photo / File

Infectious diseases expert concerned over latest community cases

Author
Newstalk ZB,
Publish Date
Thu, 28 Jan 2021, 7:12AM

An infectious diseases expert says we need to get to the bottom of two new confirmed Covid cases in Auckland.

Two more Covid-19 cases have been detected in the community in Auckland and health officials are urging people who visited places of interest to isolate and get a test.

Two people who completed their managed isolation at Auckland's Pullman Hotel at the same time as the positive Northland community case were confirmed last night as having been infected.

They left MIQ on January 15 and the Ministry of Health has released a list of 12 locations of interest they visited on the North Shore, including supermarkets, restaurants and service stations.

Otago University's David Murdoch told Kate Hawkesby we need to try to understand how this has happened.

"Any new cases are concerning, especially when they've been through MIQ and previously tested negative."

Murdoch says it's vital to wait for the genome and serology test results to come back.

He says that gives a much better picture of what happened and whether they're historical cases - which is less likely.

LISTEN ABOVE