Auckland Covid-19 case runs B&B, but guests hear nothing from health officials

A Covid-19 case linked to the Auckland marine employee cluster runs a bed and breakfast but health officials have told his guests nothing.

Some of those guests crossed paths with the man at his Coatesville BnB in north Auckland on Saturday, after he was exposed to the virus at work.

Health authorities are defending their decision not to inform the guests of their hosts diagnosis or tell them to be tested, saying they were not considered close contacts.

There has been no suggestion of any wrongdoing by the man, in his 60s, or of any others in the new cluster, now numbering four cases.

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It was not until Sunday, after he crossed paths with the guests, that the Ministry of Health publicly announced the first case in what has come to be known as the marine employee cluster.

That case, a marine electronics specialist, aged in his 20s, who works aboard ships, has been praised for his efforts in getting regularly tested and limiting his contact with others due to the nature of his work.

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The Auckland office of Wrights, the business at the centre of the latest community Covid cluster, is currently closed.

It is believed he most likely picked up Covid-19 on the container ship Sofrana Surville in Auckland, where he worked on October 12 and....

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