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New Zealand reports 1st community COVID-19 case in months

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Posted at 10:33 PM, Jan 23, 2021
and last updated 2021-01-24 00:33:43-05

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — New Zealand has reported its first coronavirus case outside of a quarantine facility in more than two months, although there was no immediate evidence the virus was spreading in the community.

Director-General of Health Ashley Bloomfield says the case was a 56-year-old woman who recently returned from Europe.

Like other returning travelers, she spent 14 days in quarantine and twice tested negative before being returning home on Jan. 13. She later developed symptoms and tested positive.

Health officials will conduct genome testing but are working under the assumption that the case is a more transmissible variant of the virus.

Meanwhile, a Chinese city just outside Beijing has completed 2,600 temporary treatment rooms as the country’s north battles new clusters of the coronavirus.