Update On Genomic Sequencing | Scoop News

The results of genomic sequencing for the first two
Auckland February cases is now available.

The results,
which came through from ESR overnight, show the COVID-19
variant B1.1.7 first detected in the UK.

The results
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
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be providing further updates throughout the

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