Coronavirus: Should you be worried about online shopping from Covid-19 hotspots?

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Epidemiologist Professor Tony Blakely says Kiwis shouldn't get ahead of themselves about the risks of online shopping in the age of coronavirus..

New Zealanders shouldn’t get ahead of themselves about the risks of online shopping in the age of coronavirus because there is no evidence to suggest parcels could carry the virus into the country, an epidemiologist says.

Concerns were raised after an Auckland cool store worker and four of his family members tested positive for Covid-19 last week, ending a 102-day stretch with no community transmission.

The possibility the virus could have entered New Zealand on refrigerated freight led health authorities to carry out surface testing at the Americold facility in Mt Wellington.

Confirmed results are due later this week but during the 1pm briefing on Tuesday, director-general of health Dr Ashley Bloomfield said it “seems clear the possibility is being ruled out”.

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