Christchurch person placed in MIQ after contact with Australian Covid case

07 Mai, 2021, 11:35 | Auteur: Christine Menetries
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The Ministry of Health says the person was identified by NSW health authorities as a contact of a the case.

New South Wales health officials have added more locations of interest in relation to the Sydney Covid cases overnight.

The hunt is on in New Zealand to find any returned travellers from Sydney this week.

The Ministry of Health said New Zealand remained in close contact with health authorities about the situation.

Between 5000 and 6000 people have returned from New South Wales since the cases were identified and Bloomfield says they are all being chased up.

"As a precautionary measure, Quarantine Free Travel from NSW to New Zealand was paused from 11:59pm last night and this pause remains in place", the Ministry says. "Another update on the NSW travel pause will be provided tomorrow".

Information about locations of interest visited by the Covid-19 cases is available on the NSW health website.

So far, 5214 people who had arrived in New Zealand from NSW since April 30 had been contacted by health authorities and provided with advice.

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The pause to the transtasman bubble is limited to flights from NSW, and began at midnight.

Genome sequencing has linked a community case in Sydney, a man in his 50s, to a traveller who arrived from the United States, who was moved to a quarantine facility on April 28.

New Zealand is now at alert level 1, with no cases of Covid-19 in the community.

"There are a few red flags - the obvious one being no clear epidemiological link to the border (case)".

Restrictions for Greater Sydney were reimposed on Wednesday including mandatory masks in indoor settings and public transport, a 20-person cap on indoor gatherings and a ban on most singing and dancing.

It's believed neither the man nor the woman had recently travelled overseas, worked in a hotel quarantine, border or health role, or come into contact with someone who did. The person tested positive on day 12 during routine testing at an Auckland managed isolation facility.

The total number of active cases in New Zealand is 26.

He urged them to isolate and call Healthline on 0800 358 5453 if they've been to the NSW locations of interest. People can still travel to the Australian state without the need to quarantine.

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