Auckland high school closes again after third student tests positive for Covid


One of New Zealand’s largest high schools has closed again after another student and t wo siblings tested positive for Covid-19.

Papatoetoe high school in south Auckland was closed last week after two students and two parents tested positive. It reopened this week but closed again on Wednesday after a third student tested positive on Tuesday. Two siblings of the students also tested positive later on Tuesday.

Health authorities have been trying to test and contact-trace all 1,500 students, but were unable to find and test a small number of pupils and their families.

Late on Tuesday, a day after students returned to school, another tested positive, meaning the school has now been closed again and the entire student body and staff have to be re-tested.

Two siblings who live with the infected student have also tested positive, sending ripples of fear through the south Auckland community about how far the virus could have spread.

Auckland is now at level 1 after a three-day lockdown, and as yet there has been no alert level change, with director-general of health Dr Ashley Bloomfield saying the outbreak can be managed with contacts at the school and their families self-isolating at home, instead of the whole city…

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