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Two new cases of COVID-19 in the community

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a store front at day: Watch: Kmart Botany is closed. © Newshub. Watch: Kmart Botany is closed.

There are two new cases of COVID-19 in the community.

These cases were announced by the Ministry of Health on Tuesday night after rumours circulated that there were additional cases.

These two cases are siblings of Tuesday's earlier announced case, and they are an infant and a teenager.

The teenage sibling, known as Case J, had been working at Kmart Botany. They were at work on Friday February 19 and Saturday February 20 between 3:30pm and 10:30pm. This Kmart is now a location of interest, the Ministry of Health says.

"Therefore anyone who was at Kmart Botany, 500 Ti Rakau Drive, Botany Downs, at these times is considered a casual plus contact. If you are a casual plus contact, you are advised to immediately isolate at home and call Healthline on 0800 358 5453 for advice on isolation timeframes and testing requirements," the ministry says.

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"Thirty-one staff at Kmart have already been identified as close contacts and are isolating and being provided with public health advice.

"Other locations of interest for the three cases are continuing to be investigated and will be notified when available."

The infant, known as Case K, does not have childcare outside the home.

The parents and a third older sibling have returned negative tests. The family has been transferred to the Auckland quarantine facility.

The Ministry of Health says everyone in a Papatoetoe High School household must stay away from work or any other school, educational facility, or community setting such as the supermarket or any other place outside their house. The school remains closed and no students or staff will be able to return until advised by a medical officer of health.

"At this point, household members who are not students or staff do not need to be retested, unless they have symptoms or are asked to do so," the ministry says.

As a result of these new cases, the Ministry of Health has updated its locations of interest. There are two stores that cases visited twice each.

One is Dark Vapes East Tamaki and the other is Kmart Botany.

A sign on Kmart Botany's door says the store is currently close for cleaning.

"Our priority is to ensure the safety of our customers and team members. We apologise for any inconvenience," the sign says.

"Thank you for your cooperation and understanding during this challenging time."

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A Kmart spokesperson confirmed to Newshub they were alerted on Tuesday afternoon about Case J's infection.

"As soon as we were made aware, we immediately closed the store as a safety precaution and commenced a thorough sanitisation of the store. We have also asked all contacts of this team member to isolate," they say.

"We are working closely with the New Zealand Department of Health and will continue to take every safety precaution.

"The team member last worked from 4pm to 10pm on 19 and 20 February."

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