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New Zealand high school student tests positive to coronavirus

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New Zealand high school student tests positive to coronavirus – raising fears Auckland could be plunged into a second lockdown in as many weeks

  • Student at Papatoetoe High School in Auckland has tested positive to Covid-19
  • All staff and students at the school will be tested before leaving on Tuesday  

New Zealand has diagnosed a new local case of coronavirus with a high school student testing positive.

The case was recorded in Auckland and is believed to be related to the cluster which plunged the city into a three-day lockdown last week.

The infected student attends the Papatoetoe High School and is now isolating at home.

New Zealand has diagnosed a new local case of coronavirus with a high school student at Papatoetoe High School testing positive

New Zealand has diagnosed a new local case of coronavirus with a high school student at Papatoetoe High School testing positive

Nurses are seen speaking to people outside a Covid-19 pop up clinic in Auckland

Nurses are seen speaking to people outside a Covid-19 pop up clinic in Auckland

Nurses are seen speaking to people outside a Covid-19 pop up clinic in Auckland

The student had been tested yesterday and had not returned to the school since, Covid-19 Response Minister Chris Hipkins said.  

Papatoetoe High School confirmed that all staff and students would be retested before they go home on Tuesday afternoon. 

Director-General of Health Dr Ashley Bloomfield said the infected student lives in a household of six people, with one sibling also attending the same school.

The other family members will be tested immediately but currently the confirmed case is the only one with symptoms. 

More information about any potentially infected venues will be released later on Tuesday. 

Papatoetoe High School had been shut in response to the outbreak of cases and only reopened to students who tested negative on Monday. 

It comes after Auckland entered a three day lockdown on February 15 after three people from one family – a Papatoetoe High School student and her parents – tested positive for Covid-19.

The city was placed in a level three lockdown while the rest of the country was put under level two restrictions. 

Two more cases linked to the school were recorded later last week and after a deep clean the school was reopened on Monday.

So far 1,413 casual plus contacts have been tested with 41 remaining in isolation while they wait for results.  

Papatoetoe High School confirmed that all staff and students would be retested before they go home on Tuesday afternoon

Papatoetoe High School confirmed that all staff and students would be retested before they go home on Tuesday afternoon

Papatoetoe High School confirmed that all staff and students would be retested before they go home on Tuesday afternoon

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