COVID: New Zealand airport worker tests positive

Clay Curtis
April 20, 2021

Five household contacts have returned negative test results, the person's work at Auckland Airport is is non-public facing and they do not work anywhere else. Authorities say the case had nothing to do with the trans-Tasman bubble and that it was highly improbable it would affect movement.

Ms Ardern has brought in a traffic light system similar to the one used in Victoria, with specific hotspots designated as "red zones" - meaning people only from that area would be unable to fly.

"This is also someone who is part of routine testing".

This means they are less likely to shed and infect other people.

She said it is still possible to get COVID-19, but "it won't make you almost as sick and less likely to get really unwell".

But, a week later on the 19, they had tested positive.

"The vaccine is 95 per cent effective at reducing symptomatic onset of doesn't mean people won't get it". This shows us how important it is that as many New Zealanders as possible take up the offer to receive the vaccine when they are offered it and are protected.

"One of the things we're seeing in the early data is it reduces down the likelihood you pass it on to others".

"As vaccine rollouts happen, both here and elsewhere, that's what's going to happen".

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Planes started flying freely between New Zealand and Australia for the first time in 400 days on Monday as the trans-Tasman bubble opened.

The person was tested regularly because they worked in an area of high risk, Ardern said.

The individual's job is to clean planes that have flown internationally from countries where Covid-19 is widespread, according to a media release from New Zealand's Ministry of Health.

In its statement this afternoon, the Ministry of Health said the historical case was a recent returnee from Somalia via UAE who was tested on day 12 of their stay, but was considered recovered.

There are currently 86 active cases in New Zealand with 17 previously reported cases now recovered.

"I think everyone's been feeling very constrained, shut down, hemmed in, and the opportunity to actually go somewhere for a holiday [.] is something that now seems such a luxury that it's made an enormous difference to people's psychology".

There are no new cases of Covid-19 in the community today, it said.

"Everyone in New Zealand should be keeping a full record of their movements in case it is required for contact tracing purposes".

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