Coronavirus: Ministry of Health widens community testing to include some supermarkets

The Ministry of Health has widened its community tracing of coronavirus by starting testing at supermarkets.

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This morning 300 people were swabbed at a supermarket in Queenstown. Source: 1 NEWS

Director General of Health Dr Ashley Bloomfield said today that “specific, targeted testing” began at a supermarket in Queenstown.

Community testing at a Queenstown supermarket. Source: Supplied

He said 300 people were swabbed in order to “build a picture to see if there was any community transmission happening in Queenstown”.

“It was one of the areas of concern, and we are also looking actively at two or three other places around the country where this will happen,” Dr Bloomfield said.

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A clinic has been set up to swab hundreds of people. Source: 1 NEWS

It comes as 15 more cases of Covid-19 were announced today, bringing the total of combined and probably cases in the country to 1401.