No cases of coronavirus in South - DHB

The Southern District Health Board says it is not investigating any suspected cases of coronavirus after earlier reports of an unconfirmed case in Queenstown.

SDHB Chief Medical Officer, Dr Nigel Millar said in a statement: "Currently there are no cases of novel Coronavirus in the Southern DHB area and we are not actively investigating any suspected cases."

The novel coronavirus, known as 2019-nCoV, has infected 2800 people and killed at least 80 in China. The outbreak is believed to have emerged late last year from illegally traded wildlife at an animal market in Wuhan, Hubei.

A small number of cases linked to people who travelled from Wuhan have been confirmed in more than 10 countries, including Australia, Thailand, France, Japan and the United States where authorities said they had 110 people under investigation in 26 states.

The confirmation there were no suspected cases in Queenstown or anywhere else in the South comes after Director-General of Health Ashley Bloomfield told RNZ's Morning Report local health authorities were following up reports of a person with coronavirus in Queenstown.

The Rees Hotel in Queenstown posted to their Facebook page saying they had received rumours that there was an outbreak of coronavirus at their hotel.

"Please note that these rumours are unfounded and untrue as there has been no outbreak of the virus in New Zealand," they said.

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