New Zealand announces new coronavirus restrictions after Australian travels while likely infectious

Cornelia Mascio
Июня 23, 2021

The rest of New Zealand remains at Alert Level 1.

The Covid case was likely to have been infected before they travelled to New Zealand and was linked to the Sydney cluster, officials said this afternoon.

He said a lockdown or wider mask use are options on the table.

New Zealand's Ministry of Health confirmed on Wednesday morning the traveller tested positive for COVID-19 upon their return to Australia.

They are Qantas flight QF163 from Sydney to Wellington on Friday June 18, and Air New Zealand's NZ247 on Monday June 21.

Wellington will move to the country's "Alert Level 2", one level short of a lockdown, until midnight on Sunday as a precautionary measure to curb any potential outbreak after an Australian tourist tested positive for COVID-19 on returning to Sydney from a visit to the New Zealand capital over the weekend.

The Australian state's health authority is urging anyone who was on those flights to get a Covid-19 test, and to self-isolate for 14 days, regardless of the result.

WELLINGTON, New Zealand - After enjoying almost four months without any community transmission of the coronavirus, New Zealanders were on edge Wednesday after health authorities said an infectious traveler from Australia had visited over the weekend.

"It was a pretty miserable weekend in Wellington last weekend so we are hoping he didn't go out too much".

"People who have been at these sites will need to isolate and should contact Healthline for further advice".

Morgan said "from an operational perspective, we have been here before with pauses in quarantine-free travel with Australia over the past few months, and our teams are working hard behind the scenes to ensure our customers are kept up to date".

"This what is happening in Australia at the moment".

However, he said that order needed to come from the Government, not him.

"They probably weren't wearing masks, the contacts will be closer and they might have been at high-risk events".

"This is a more infectious variant".

"We need to upgrade our alert level system".

New Zealand is vulnerable to an outbreak because its vaccine rollout has been slow.

New Zealand reported its last locally acquired case in February while Australia has had sporadic outbreaks.

The list has been growing with 21 infections detected over the past six days in New South Wales, Australia's most populous state.

Mary-Louise McLaws, professor of epidemiology at the University of New South Wales and an adviser to the World Health Organisation, told the ABC the variant means people become more infectious earlier than that of its virus predecessor.

The first virus cluster in NSW in more than a month was linked to a driver who transports overseas airline crew and who visited several places, including a shopping center in Bondi, a popular tourist hotspot.

Quarantine-free travel from New South Wales to New Zealand had already been temporarily suspended due to the rising case numbers in Sydney, and will last at least 72 hours.

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