FILE PHOTO: Test tube labelled "COVID-19 Omicron variant test positive" is seen in this illustration picture taken January 15, 2022. REUTERS/Dado Ruvic/Illustration
A record 41 new cases of Covid-19 were announced yesterday, bringing the total number of cases to 247 (as of 6pm yesterday).
also a second case on Aitutaki which was detected yesterday morning. The new
case on the island has no direct connection to the first Aitutaki case
announced on Monday.
daily Covid-19 update, Prime Minister Mark Brown said: “This case, a student,
received the second dose of the Covid-19 vaccine on Monday 7 March and
developed flu-like symptoms on Tuesday.”
“Symptoms progressed on Wednesday
and this (yesterday) morning, with vomiting and fevers. A RAT test taken
earlier (yesterday) returned a positive result.
“The case has been isolated at home
and is being monitored by the Aitutaki health care team.”
The person lives with six other
people who are currently asymptomatic. They have been ordered into quarantine
and have all returned negative RAT tests yesterday.
There are 186 active cases after 61
people have recovered from the virus.
are either mildly symptomatic or have no symptoms at all and there are no cases
in hospital,” Brown said.
Meanwhile the isolation period for those who test
positive for Covid-19 and close contacts is reduced from 10 days to seven, says
change follows New Zealand which recently reduced the isolation period and came
into effect at midnight Thursday (yesterday).
Brown said all people who were in isolation prior to the new rule coming into
effect needed to honour the previous 10-day timeframes.
(new timeframe) keeps us in line with clinical evidence of Omicron and the
likelihood of transmission occurring early in the infectious period and the
likelihood of high public adherence to this requirement,” Brown said.
The ban on contact sports and
restrictions with indoor and outdoor events and social gatherings has been
extended to midnight Thursday, March 17, along with suspension of passenger
flights to the Pa Enua (excluding Aitutaki).