First case of COVID-19 confirmed in NZ

New Zealand is the 48th country to have a confirmed case of COVID-19.

The first case of COVID-19 is now confirmed in New Zealand in a person in their 60s recently returned from Iran.

The results of the test were formally reported to the Ministry of Health on Friday, February 28.

“Although we have our first case of COVID-19, the chances of community outbreak remain low,” Ministry of Health said in a statement.

According to the ministry, the patient confirmed with COVID-19 is being treated in Auckland City Hospital. They are in an improving condition in isolation, in a negative pressure room to prevent any spread of the disease.

Public health officials have begun tracing the patient’s other close contacts to ensure appropriate protection measures are in place, including on the flight involved which originated in Tehran and came via Bali.

The person arrived in Auckland on 26 February and travelled home in a private car. Their family became concerned about their condition and called Healthline.

They were advised to seek medical attention and attended Auckland City Hospital emergency department that same day.

All were wearing masks on arrival. As a result of the individual’s symptoms and travel history they were admitted and tested.

Hospital staff involved in the patient’s care are using with appropriate personal protection. District health boards have been preparing for managing cases of COVID-19.

New Zealand is the 48th country to have a confirmed case of COVID-19.

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