There are now 17 new cases of Covid-19 in the community, with 23 more cases at the border. Video / NZ Herald
The number of people linked to an Auckland brothel who are infected with Covid-19 continues to rise.
Ten cases have now been linked to the Pelican Club after being designated as a place of interest on Sunday.
Public health has identified four more cases with the help of staff and standard contact tracing methods, a spokesperson for the Northern Regional Health Coordination Center (NRHCC) told the Herald.
“We can confirm that the contacts worked in cooperation with public health.”
On Monday, six people linked to the Eden Terrace adult entertainment club were confirmed to have tested positive for the virus.
All Pelican Club guests have been asked to self-isolate after being listed as a place of interest.
Health officials have revealed that there were several exhibition events at the Newton Rd massage parlor and escort agency for more than a week in late December.
Anyone who visited the adult entertainment club between Wednesday, December 22 and Friday, December 31 was advised to self-isolate for 10 days after their last visit.
The Mermaid Club and Femme Fatale were also named on Sunday as sites linked to positive cases in the past two weeks, with the Pelican Club seen as particularly at risk.
Health officials said club employees were receiving specific advice from their manager.
At the time of the exhibition events, Auckland was in the red phase of the traffic light system.
During this phase, only vaccinated people could prostitute themselves in person, while businesses could only operate if they used the My Vaccine Pass.
The Mermaid Club at 13 Gore St was visited by a case between 11:40 p.m. on Wednesday, December 22 and 1 a.m. on Thursday, December 23.
Femme Fatale, an escort agency on Wellesley St West, was visited between 3:00 a.m. and 5:20 a.m. on Thursday 23 December.
Today Auckland’s popular Longroom bar has been designated as a Covid-19 hotspot and those who were there on New Years Eve after 10 p.m. are urged to self-isolate.