New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern has said the nation has found a breakthrough in tracing a Covid-19 outbreak which plunged the nation into a lockdown.
Public Health Doctors in New Zealand have been rushing to determine how an Auckland man contracted the virus this week, ending the nations six-month run of no cases of community transmission.
Testing showed the man had a version of the Delta strain found in Australia, with Ardern confirming that investigators narrowed down the origin to a person who arrived from Sydney on August 7th.
She said the traveler had been in quarantine and hospital since touching down, meaning the outbreak had not been in the community as long as initially feared.
“We believe we have uncovered the piece of the puzzle we were looking for,” Ardern said.
She went on to say that finding the outbreak source will allow investigators to lock down the outbreak and stamp it out.
Jacinda Ardern issued a three-day national lockdown when the first case of community transmission was confirmed on Tuesday.