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The Christchurch returnee cluster has been closed according to the Ministry of Health.
It’s been more than 28 days since the last COVID-19 case reported and it has been the length of two infection cycles, so that means the cluster has officially closed.
When the cluster began, there was a report of an individual who developed symptoms on September 19. They were tested after finishing 14 days in managed isolation and returned two negative tests on day 3 and 12.
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As a result of an investigation done within the managed isolation facility, the source of the infection was thought to be as a result of the transfer of infection via a rubbish bin with a lid shared with their neighbour who had developed the infection between the two tests in the facility.
There are seven cases linked to the cluster, and six were announced as cases in the community from September 19, 20 and 23. The seventh was on September 9, which was detected while in managed isolation but was subsequently linked to the other six cases.
The Ministry of Health says lessens from this cluster has resulted in changed being made, which included informing the ongoing auditing and strengthing of the managed isolation procedures and processes.