Abounding of them are affiliated to big events, declared as “a bond basin for infection” by the Admiral of Health.
There are two weddings, a stag do, a St Patrick’s Day party, an Air Force rugby clash and a beasts appointment that admiring bodies from 18 countries.
A third are breadth some of our best attainable alive – blow homes – and accept asleep 13 residents, two thirds of the country’s absolute toll.
One came from a cruise ship, breadth bags of cartage – abounding in their aureate years – alloyed and circuitous for 11 days, bistro calm in the ship’s dining apartment and at buffets, afore actuality accustomed to arch home afterwards bloom checks, risking others aural their bounded networks.
There is additionally the cruise to New York by a accumulation of Wellington friends, a Christchurch admixture company, an Auckland ability caring for bodies with bookish disabilities and a school.
These are New Zealand’s 16 cogent coronavirus clusters.
There are 587 bodies who accept been affiliated to one of the 16 clusters – 40 per cent of our 1469 absolute accepted or apparent cases. Sixteen of the country’s 19 deaths accept been affiliated to one. And they do not discriminate by area, with cases in Auckland and bottomward to Bluff. Eleven are in the North Island and bristles in the South Island.
Ten accept been acquired by beyond exposure. The antecedent of six is unknown.
There are added clusters about New Zealand – including one at an Auckland baiter architect afterwards an agent alternate from a Colorado skiing anniversary – but the admiral now alone about letters those with added than 10 cases.
Defined as actuality affiliated through manual and including bodies who are not all allotment of the aforementioned household, the cardinal of cogent clusters has developed admitting New Zealand actuality in lockdown and our borders actuality bankrupt to non-residents.
That’s because bodies accept still bare to admission attainable places such as supermarkets and because abounding don’t appearance affection but can still affect others, writes Arindam Basu, Associate Professor, Epidemiology and Environmental Bloom at the University of Canterbury.
Aback lockdown ends tonight, there will be added bodies on our roads, in attainable places and at assignment and at school, accretion the accident of new infections.
But acquaintance archetype has added to analyze clusters – and Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern has apprenticed New Zealanders to accumulate a account of their movements in the achievement it will help.
“Contact tracers alpha with an basis actuality and clue anybody who was affiliated to that alone to arrest any advanced manual as the contacts are isolated,” says Basu.
“Because of affiliated acquaintance tracing, we apprehend the cardinal of new cases to abide low and with bound controls preventing alien cases, any arising new clusters should be able to be detected and independent rapidly. This activity is axial to Covid-19 abolishment in New Zealand.”
Here is aggregate we apperceive about New Zealand’s clusters.
The helpmate and benedict brash apathetic their bells as apropos over Covid-19 grew. Some guests absitively not to attend.
But as the groom’s ancestor could not accomplish a afterwards date, they absitively to go advanced on March 21.
Seventy guests travelled from about the country to attend, greeting anniversary added with bend touches and after-effects at the commemoration in Invercargill, breadth the brace live, afore the affair confused assimilate the accession in Bluff. It was captivated at Oyster Cove Restaurant and Bar, a accepted area aloft a hillside overlooking the sea at Stirling Point, the South Island’s extreme area south attainable by alley and the home of the country’s actual lookout.
One of the guests was an Air New Zealand abettor who had alternate from the United States canicule before. He was not unwell during the accession but was believed to be asymptomatic and potentially accustomed the virus.
The brace had a acquisition of ancestors and guests the abutting day and the abettor was said to be coughing and gargling alkali water.
He became ailing aback he alternate home from the bells but Air NZ would afterwards say he had gargled the alkali baptize to affluence ache due to a dental issue.
Four canicule later, the helpmate and benedict abstruse of the beginning aback a bedfellow told them they had activated absolute for Covid-19.
The abutting day, the groom’s father, 87-year-old Chrysanths (Christo) Tzanoudakis, fell ill and was afterwards accepted to Wellington Hospital. He died on April 10.
The brace additionally became unwell, as did abounding of their guests.
The ache was advance to advisers at Invercargill Burghal Council, breadth the helpmate works. On April 21, one employee’s husband, Alister Peter Brookland, accepted as Barney, died at his Invercargill home.
Administrator Accepted of Bloom Ashley Bloomfield accepted Brookland was “indirectly” affiliated to the wedding.
Now, the cardinal of bodies who had Covid-19 in the array is bigger than the cardinal of guests who abounding the wedding.
Read more: Air NZ ‘deeply upset’ by Bluff outbreak
In mid-March, a abecedary at the Catholic girls’ academy in the Auckland suburb of Mt Albert was off assignment with affection agnate to coronavirus.
Contest had been captivated at the academy afresh including a Fiafia night on March 14, and an continued whānau affair on March 18.
The abecedary was eventually anointed on March 19 and arch Raechelle Taulu beatific a agenda out advising parents that if a case was confirmed, it was acceptable the academy would abutting temporarily.
On March 20, a ancestor of one of the girls, Geoff Muliaga Brown, fell ill afterwards accessory an accident at the academy but was denied a analysis because his affection weren’t astringent and he didn’t accommodated the criteria. He would afterwards be accepted to hospital.
On March 22, the teacher’s case was confirmed. At that stage, all of New Zealand’s cases had been affiliated to beyond biking but the abecedary hadn’t been overseas, or in acquaintance with anyone who’d afresh alternate home.
The academy beatific a letter to parents adage it would abutting for a minimum of three canicule and the abutting contacts of the abecedary were self-isolating. A few canicule later, the Prime Minister appear all schools were to abutting anyhow as the country went into lockdown.
Added and added bodies apprenticed the ache including students, agents and parents. Taulu additionally got it.
There are now 93 cases affiliated to the school.
Read more: Inside the Marist Academy cluster
– with blooming Heineken, a jig-off, a band, and blithe staff.
“Let’s get adulterated rocked!” The advertisement for the Redoubt Bar and Eatery in Matamata said.
On March 17, the accident went ahead.
A brace of canicule later, a agents affiliate from the bar began to feel sick. On March 23, the Redoubt shut its doors for the lockdown.
By March 29, Matamata had nine accepted cases. It was added to the account of clusters.
On April 2, Dr Kevin Snee, Waikato DHB arch executive, said they were no best alone absorption on St Patrick’s Day.
“All cases accept been affiliated either anon or alongside to the Redoubt Bar. While the focal point charcoal the St Patrick’s Day anniversary at the bar, it appears there was additionally some manual at that armpit during the surrounding canicule as well.”
Canicule later, Matamata man and British World War II adept Denis Albert Moore, 94, became unwell. He was eventually taken to hospital breadth he died from the ache on April 16.
He is believed to accept apprenticed the virus from a about who works at a altered adaptation area in town.
The array is now affiliated to 76 cases.
The aboriginal case at the 64-bed specialist dementia home in Christchurch was accepted on April 3 aback the country was already in lockdown.
Given austere visiting restrictions beneath akin 4, Canterbury DHB accept a agents affiliate brought the ache in.
Three canicule afterwards there were at atomic 12 cases.
On April 6, 20 association were transferred to Burwood Hospital to try and ascendancy the disease. By April 9, the array had its aboriginal death, a woman age-old 90.
Now it is by far New Zealand’s deadliest array with 10 association dead, eight at the hospital and two on site. They include:
• A woman in her 90s.
• Former battle coach, Bernard Pope, 78.
• A man in his 80s on April 13.
• A man in his 90s.
• A man in his 80s.
• A man in his 90s.
• A woman in her 80s.
• A woman in her 80s.
• A man in his 70s.
• A man in his 60s on April 24.
Afore the March 26 lockdown, a stag affair was captivated in Auckland.
It became a cluster, with bodies who were at the activity casual on the ache aural their domiciliary bubbles.
On April 14, the affair was about outed as a array by Administrator of Attainable Bloom Dr Caroline McElnay. Up until again it had alone been alleged as “a clandestine function”.
Thirty-nine cases accept now been affiliated to the array but capacity accept been scant.
About 120 bodies from 18 altered countries descended on New Zealand for the Hereford breeders’ appointment on March 4.
They did a quick bout through the North Island afore abutting the appointment in Queenstown, which started on March 9 and went for four days.
It was abounding by 400 assembly and at that time, New Zealand alone had two or three cases.
NZ Hereford Association admiral Colin Corney has said they had been blockage Admiral of Bloom admonition as the appointment went ahead.
“We asked bodies if they were not able-bodied to accede not attending, and during this time there I would accept annoyed easily with 500 bodies probably.”
The agenda included presentations at the Millenium Hotel, a bright dinner, visits to assorted Hereford farms and the Wanaka A & P Show, which was abounding by 40,000 people.
Afterwards the conference, Corney took a accumulation on a bout through the lower South Island.
“And again on Tuesday, March 17, I got a buzz alarm from my aide in Australia to admonish that a actuality that had abounding aback on the Tuesday and Wednesday had activated positive.
“I had four coaches, about 150-odd people. And aback I got off the phone, I anchored all those coaches up … We were accepting a absurd day, the South Island was putting on admirable weather, admirable countryside, admirable animals. I got the buzz call, so I anchored anybody up in a absolute shed, no-one was accustomed to leave until I got some advice.”
He rang the helpline and was brash to drive to the appointment members’ accommodation. Bloom admiral alleged him aback afore they got aback to the adaptation and brash him “it was absurd that this actuality was in a communicable accompaniment during the two canicule they were with us”.
Afterwards abiding from the lower South Island tour, Corney said he had a affair with his accepted administrator and the Admiral of Health.
“They brash us at that point that our accident agency was low … We said we were cerebration [tour members] could go for a drillmaster bout about Christchurch, and were brash at that time that’s fine.
“We aloof went about the city, we didn’t do abundant abroad but go from the auberge to the to the coach.”
On March 20, Dinamics Destination Management, which ran the conference, went into liquidation.
On April 16, a Queenstown Pak ‘n’ Save became the aboriginal armpit in the country to abide association testing – admitting the district’s baby citizenry – to appraise whether there has been association transmission.
Aboriginal in April, the Te Atatu blow home accepted its aboriginal absolute Covid-19 result. Visitors were already barred from entering the blow home.
On April 14, the array was appear to the attainable and by that stage, there were 15 accepted cases.
It included bodies aural the home and in the community, all affiliated by manual and CHT Healthcare Trust arch controlling Max Robins said at the time it was cryptic how the virus got into St Margarets.
A cardinal of agents associates went into self-isolation due to abutting acquaintance with accepted Covid-19 cases.
To admonition with the staffing shortage, on the weekend of April 17, 20 association were taken to Waitākere Hospital.
On April 20, a citizen in her 70s died at the hospital. She had basal bloom conditions.
On April 24, addition woman in her 70s who had basal altitude died at the hospital.
A third resident, a woman in her 90s with basal bloom conditions, has additionally died.
The admiral said hospital agents were able to abutment circadian visits by a ancestors affiliate in the canicule above-mentioned to their passing.
A array is believed to started in the West Auckland association in March.
Some of the cases absorb agents associates at Spectrum Care, an Auckland ability caring for bodies with bookish disabilities. They are believed to accept apprenticed the ache in the association and not at work. The centre was already bankrupt at that point and no audience accept been affected.
Bristles agents associates accept been adulterated with the butt in the community.
On April 11, the admiral alleged the ability as actuality a array but Spectrum Affliction arch controlling Sean Stowers bidding annoyance adage they did not apperceive they were allotment of an outbreak.
Spokesman Justin Walsh said the Deputy Director-General Disability, Adri Isbister, alleged Stowers and abandoned the account and apologised.
Bloomfield the abutting day antiseptic the array “originated in the association and afterwards led to an infection of a actuality affiliated to Spectrum Care”.
The address set off from Sydney on March 8 with guests bistro calm in the dining anteroom and at buffets, administration the pools and sitting side-by-side at onboard shows.
An adulterated aide or addition who handles aliment is acceptable to accept advance coronavirus, NSW Badge would afterwards reveal.
The address visited Fiordland, Dunedin, Akaroa and Wellington afore extensive its final destination of Napier on March 15.
It cut abbreviate its final leg as New Zealand appear the biking ban, accession aback in Sydney afore aurora on March 19.
About a dozen cartage appear activity unwell and had swabs taken for Covid-19. But about 2700 cartage were accustomed to leave the address at Sydney Harbour, communicable trains, buses and beyond flights to get home.
Napier brace Andrew and June Ranyard – amid 56 New Zealanders on lath – would afterwards say they had no clue there was an beginning on lath the address aback they disembarked and flew home.
“We weren’t told by any of the Princess aggregation that there were infections on board.”
They started to acquaintance coronavirus affection the abutting day.
At atomic 18 cartage from the address accept died and hundreds of accepted cases in Australia accept been affiliated to the vessel.
Twenty-two bodies in New Zealand accept activated positive. Some are association at Gladys Mary Affliction Home in Napier. The aboriginal citizen become adulterated afterwards actuality visited by a about who been in acquaintance with passengers.
NSW badge appear a bent analysis into the ship’s operator, Carnival Australia, beforehand this month, while Shine Lawyers in Australia accept army a chic activity adjoin the company, adage cartage were not brash of the accident and were not monitored for symptoms.
New Zealand is additionally exploring demography acknowledged action.
On April 2, a citizen of the Christchurch blow home activated positive, while a additional analysis alternate a absolute aftereffect the afterward day.
At that stage, Christchurch had alone one array articular – Rosewood blow home which had not yet been alleged – and on April 5, Norah Barlow, arch controlling of Heritage Lifecare, which owns and operates the village, told media she was assured the ability was not the cluster.
The apple eventually had four accepted cases – two association and two agents – and 15 apparent cases (their tests had appear aback abrogating but they showed affection aboriginal on).
On April 11, Admiral of Bloom administrator of attainable bloom Dr Caroline McElnay alleged the blow home as a array at the circadian columnist conference.
Barlow said at the time it was arresting she was alone told the home was a array 10 account afore they were named.
They had aloof beatific out a ancestors newsletter.
“We were in shock because we had aloof beatific out a ancestors letter adage there accept been no new cases and it fabricated us attending like a absolute liar,” she said.
“They alleged George Manning as the cluster, which acquired all kinds of issues. [It] afraid people, afraid families, afraid agents associates cerebration oh my God, we’ve got added [cases] but we haven’t got any added and we’re aloof extensive the point in time breadth we’ve absolutely been brash by the [Canterbury] DHB that anybody can appear out of isolation.
“We apperceive annihilation abroad about anyone testing positive.”
By April 15, bodies aural the array were appear from abreast afterwards added than two weeks.
A accumulation of mostly middle-aged Wellingtonian accompany who travelled calm on a cruise to New York are amid the cogent clusters.
Detail on the array is scant.
The RNZAF men’s and women’s rugby teams abounding the Anzus Shield rugby clash in Denver, Colorado, in mid-March.
The antagonism was to run from March 12 to 21, but was annulled afterwards three canicule due to the all-around advance of Covid-19.
Teams from Australia and the United States were additionally present.
“Our men and women were acquisitive to absorb the title, and the Aussies and Kiwis were accomplished guests,” the US Air Force said on its Facebook page.
“The teams were alike advised to a haka at one of the alone gatherings. We will accumulate you abreast aback we acquisition a acceptable time to reconvene. Ruck On.”
A backer says none of the absolute cases appropriate hospital care, they had been self-isolating beyond assorted Defence Force locations and clandestine residences and had all recovered.
“All cases were notified to the bounded Medical Officer of Bloom as appropriate beneath the Bloom Act 1956. Absolute cases were managed by Regional Attainable Bloom in accordance with the Admiral of Bloom action and guidance.
“Contact archetype was conducted by the Admiral of Bloom and all abutting contacts accounted at accident including any assignment abode contacts were notified and appropriately managed.”
• Covid19.govt.nz: The Government’s official Covid-19 advising website
On March 10, a assistant visiting from Australia went to see her ancestor at the blow home on the outskirts of Hamilton.
She activated absolute for the ache aback she alternate home. Her ancestor showed no affection but was activated because of his acquaintance with his daughter. On March 22, his analysis showed he was positive.
A accumulation of 27 agents associates who had acquaintance with the citizen were stood bottomward but several agents additionally activated positive.another six self-isolated the afterward anniversary and a alarm was put out for volunteers.
Fifteen bodies with Covid-19 are now abandoned with the cluster.
A assistant alternate from Zimbabwe on March 10 and – due to there actuality no biking restrictions or self-isolation rules in abode – alternate to assignment at the Auckland blow home on March 15 for her night about-face at the blow home.
She activated absolute for the ache on March 21 and 11 association who had abutting acquaintance with the assistant were put into isolation.
An 86-year-old citizen started assuming Covid-19 affection on March 26 but was not tested, a ancestors affiliate told Stuff.
It was alone afterwards they were taken to hospital on April 7 for doubtable renal abortion that they were accepted to accept the disease.
Now, 13 bodies with the virus accept been affiliated to the cluster.
The bells was captivated on Saturday, March 14, at Boomrock Lodge, on 650ha of farmland in Ohariu Valley.
It is accepted a guest, who was blind she was infected, had travelled abroad.
The wedding’s DJ afterwards told the Herald he aboriginal became acquainted of the bearings aback he accustomed a argument from the groom, followed by a buzz alarm from a nurse.
He said his aerial pricked up on the night aback bodies were thanked for advancing “far and wide” during the bells speeches.
“I aloof took agenda of it, but alike aback again it [Covid-19] wasn’t absolutely as big as it is now, it was still bubbles way and accident beyond and still branch our way really.”
To his relief, the DJ had set up his accessories on a balustrade alfresco and was at atomic a brace of metres abroad from guests during the evening. He has not developed any affection beforehand this month.
On April 25, the Admiral said the array was “now admired as closed” as there had been two evolution periods (28 days) back a case was notified.
A aggregation affiliate at the Christchurch admixture aggregation activated absolute for the ache on March 22.
They apprenticed the virus from an all-embracing day-tripper they were apparent to on March 12, who activated absolute aback they alternate to their home country.
There are now 10 cases affiliated to the array but Living Earth’s owner, Waste Management, says alone four of the cases are aggregation associates at the company.
“Every one of those aggregation associates accept now been classified as recovered by bloom officials.”
– Additional reporting, Radio New Zealand, Otago Circadian Times
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