RNZ Pacific's coverage of Auckland's new COVID-19 community transmission case

Monday, February 15, 2021

From Reuters:
A coronavirus outbreak that sent New Zealand’s biggest city into a snap lockdown over the weekend involved the more transmissable UK variant, health officials confirmed on Monday, the first time the strain has been detected locally.

Auckland’s nearly 2 million residents were plunged into a new three-day lockdown on Sunday after three new COVID-19 cases were detected in the city.

Genome sequencing of two the cases - all three are immediate family - revealed they were the B1.1.7 variant. The source of the cases remains unknown, authorities said, adding they were scanning international genome databases for a match.

I used my Belka-DX to grab RNZ Pacific's 10pm broadcast, which covered this story in detail, including a lengthy listener-led Q&A session with a local epidemiologist. I got my Zoom H1 recorder to capture Belka's I/Q output, which I then demodulated in SDR#.

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