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First suspected case of coronavirus in New Zealand

January 31, 2020 12:25 pm
Director-General of Health Dr Ashley Bloomfield.

A possible case of the new coronavirus has been found in Auckland, with test results expected on Saturday.

Ministry of Health Director-General Dr Ashley Bloomfield said today afternoon that the person fitted the definition of a suspected case and was being managed appropriately.

Bloomfield said the person had come forward to Auckland Hospital and was in isolation there.

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Bloomfield would not say if the person was from the Chinese city of Wuhan, the epicenter of the coronavirus epidemic, or a New Zealand citizen.

China is reporting 9692 confirmed cases of a new virus with a death toll of 213, as the World Health Organization declared the outbreak that has spread to more than a dozen countries a global emergency.

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