The results of genomic sequencing for the first two
Auckland February cases is now available.
which came through from ESR overnight, show the COVID-19
variant B1.1.7 first detected in the UK.
from these cases do not link directly to any other positive
cases detected in New Zealand to date.
ESR is now
conducting a scan of the international genome database to
see if there is a match.
This result reinforces the
decision to take swift and robust action around the latest
cases to detect and stamp out the possibility of any further
An intensive source investigation around
the latest cases continues, along with public health actions
and alert level changes outlined yesterday, designed to
break any potential chains of transmission.
information around what the public needs to know is
be providing further updates throughout the