New Zealand Reports Probable First Case of Community Spread in Months

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The 56-year-old woman traveled in Spain and the Netherlands late last year and passed through Singapore before arriving Dec. 30 in New Zealand. She quarantined for two weeks and tested negative twice.
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Health officials in New Zealand, where few cases of COVID-19 occur,report what is believed to be the nation's first case of community spread in months.

The 56-year-old woman traveled in Spain and the Netherlands late last year and passed through Singapore before arriving Dec. 30 in New Zealand. She quarantined at the Pullman hotel in Auckland for two weeks and tested negative twice, the health ministry said in news releases.

After leaving quarantine Jan. 13 she traveled home with her husband, started feeling ill, and tested positive for coronavirus Jan. 23.

At a Monday news conference, Minister for COVID-19 Response Chris Hipkins said scientists have…
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