Covid-19: Airport worker tests positive

Elias Hubbard
April 21, 2021

Their work at Auckland Airport is their sole employment, and their role is non-public facing.

The PM said the case was not related to the trans-Tasman bubble, which started yesterday.

The case was detected in a worker who had been cleaning the interiors of aircraft used to transport people from high-risk countries into New Zealand, some of whom have COVID. "Be it returning family, friends or holidaymakers, New Zealand says welcome and enjoy yourself", Jacinda Ardern said.

"This is also someone who is part of routine testing". The number is likely to change as further scoping of the person's movements identifies other people they have been in close contact with.

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".

Ms Ardern reminded people that those who are vaccinated can still get Covid-19 and that its main benefit is preventing serious illness or death.

People who had visited those places should monitor their health and be aware of any symptoms of Covid-19.

"This person has done the right things - they have been regularly tested at their workplace, and we know they have been using the NZ COVID Tracer app, with Bluetooth turned on".

The cleaner tested positive just one day after Australians and New Zealanders resumed travel between the two countries without having to quarantine.

The ministry said breakthrough infections happened with all vaccines.

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

She said she has not spoken to Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison about this case, but Health Minister Andrew Little has spoken to his Australian counterpart.

"I think this is going to be very important for the tourism and travel industry on both sides of the Tasman, as well the very practical issues of families being able to reconnect". "And it was their most recent test in which this case has been picked up", Ardern told media as reported by ABC News, saying that this showed how the protocols were working as the government had intended.

There are no new community cases of Covid-19 today.

The news comes barely 24 hours after New Zealand and Australia opened their travel bubble.

"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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