New Zealand Is On Edge After An Australian Traveler Tests Positive

New Zealand Is On Edge After An Australian Traveler Tests Positive

New Zealand Is On Edge After An Australian Traveler Tests Positive

Passengers on two flights between Australia and New Zealand have been ordered to immediately isolate and undergo Covid-19 testing after authorities traced a traveller who tested positive in Sydney after visiting Wellington.

In addition to their flights and hotel, they visited several bars and restaurants and the national museum, Te Papa.

New Zealand agreed to quarantine-free travel with neighboring Australia earlier this year, as both nations had controlled the community spread of the coronavirus. They spent time in the capital from Saturday, June 19 until Monday, June 21.

"The well-being of our visitors and our staff is of the utmost importance", Ms Johnson said.

"We have detailed plans in place and we know what we need to do to protect our manuhiri (visitors) and the community".

"New Zealand authorities were notified by their Australian counterparts Tuesday evening and the established processes of contacting the case's close contacts and getting further information about their movements while in Wellington was initiated".

The government will review its alert level settings on Sunday.

People can socialise in groups of up to 100, go shopping, or travel domestically if following public health guidance. Hospitality outlets could open, but needed to apply the three S's - seated, separate and having a single server.

This is the first time an Australian traveller has brought Covid-19 to NZ, and since gone home, the Ministry of Health said.

It comes as New South Wales Health last night issued a public health alert and declared all passengers on board the affected Qantas and Air New Zealand flights close contacts.

"At this stage, four close contacts have been identified and are isolating".

He disclosed the case had travelled to Wellington as a tourist, so said locations of interest could include tourist sites, bars and cafés.

Wellington's Sky Stadium in Wellington, New Zealand.

The Australian health authority has initially limited the locations of interest to two flights, QF 163 that arrived in Wellington on June 19 at 12.12am and Air New Zealand flight NZ247 that departed on Monday at 10.13am.

Covid response minister Chris Hipkins and Director-General of Health Dr Ashley Bloomfield discuss the latest on the Wellington situation.

"Everything is on the table", he said.

Four people have been deemed close contacts, with that number expected to rise, he said.

The Health Ministry spokesman said genome sequencing was now under way in Australia to see if the case was linked to the current outbreak in Sydney.

New Zealand's health ministry contact tracing team had been in touch with the airlines about contacting passengers on these flights to provide advice.

The latest surge in cases in the Sydney Bondi cluster led NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian to extend the state's mask mandate for all indoor public venues to midnight on Wednesday June 30. "But we've got a good contact tracing system so hopefully that will be effective", he said.

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