Pasifika medical experts in New Zealand are urging the community to remain calm, abide by lockdown rules and continue to use the Covid Tracer application.

Auckland moved to Alert Level 3 and the rest of the country to Alert Level 2 after three community cases of Covid-19 were discovered.

Genomic sequencing revealed the cases were the UK variant of the virus and authorities were conducting contact tracing to try and determine the origin and extent of the latest outbreak.

Auckland Paediatrician, Teuila Percival, urged Pasifika communities to apply all the lessons learned from past outbreaks.

“Staying home if you can stay home, sticking to your family bubble. We’ll just hear every day with the government press conferences if there are more cases.

“Your GP, they’re there on the end of the phone the same with the Healthline. We just have to stay calm, we have done this before,” Dr Percival said.

“If you are unwell, yes absolutely go and get tested.”


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