New Zealand Reports 2 More Cases of COVID-19

Elias Hubbard
November 24, 2020

Commenting on the case on Tuesday morning, Covid-19 Response Minister Chris Hipkins said the person flew in the past month between New Zealand and Australia, and between New Zealand and China. The first person arrived from Britain via the United Arab Emirates and the country of origin of the second case is now being determined.

According to a study conducted on this infection - New Zealand has strict 14-day quarantine protocols in place for all worldwide passengers during which they are restested - "four of these six related genome sequences were from Switzerland, the country of origin of the suspected index case".

Meanwhile, the Ministry of Health is still investigating after an Air New Zealand worker tested positive for Covid-19 in China.

Using genetic sequencing, researchers determined they had the same strain of the virus, which was traced to Switzerland, the country of origin of the suspected initial case, the report said.

On Monday, Air New Zealand said the staff member tested negative for the virus in New Zealand on November 18 but on arrival in Shanghai on November 22 returned a positive test.

The Ministry of Health says the case is being treated as possible and as a case under investigation, but they're following health protocols as if it were a confirmed case. All other crew members tested negative.

The person visited a BP Connect in Mangere, Resene Mt Roskill and the Countdown and New World in Papatoetoe on Friday, 20 November.

Shoppers who visited the paint shop should watch for symptoms and get a test if they develop.

Their risk of exposure is considered to be low, however the Ministry of Health is still recommending testing as "a precaution only".

As further information became available, other locations may be contacted by the Auckland Regional Public Health Service, the ministry said. Other staff members on the flight would be initially assessed by Air New Zealand about their contact status, the ministry said.

The latest update removes the need for people to provide an email address when registering the app.

Your digital diary of scanned QR codes is saved securely on your own phone where only you can see it, and it continues to be your choice whether you share your diary if a contact tracer gets in touch.

The app will update automatically for most users over the next week, or you can keep an eye out on the App/Play store if you want to do a manual update.

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