Alert level change 'possible' in Wellington after Australian tourist tests positive

23 Juin, 2021, 07:09 | Auteur: Auguste Feret
  • Image- Getty; Video- The AM Show Watch The latest on the COVID-19 patient who travelled to Wellington

In today's 1pm press conference, Hipkins said that includes the Wairarapa and Kapiti Coast.

He says an alert level change in the city was "possible".

People queueing at a Covid -19 testing station on Taranaki Street as Wellington prepares to move into level 2.

He stayed at the Rydges Hotel in Featherston St and visited 13 places of interest in Wellington, including central city restaurants and cafes, a bar, a Countdown supermarket and popular tourist attractions Te Papa and the Weta Cave Shop.

"Everything is on the table", he said.

The museum is identifying which Te Papa staff were close contacts and casual contacts.

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

With a population of 5 million people, New Zealand is among a handful of countries that have contained the spread of COVID-19 and returned to normalcy, with the last positive case due to community transmission reported about four months ago.

The nation paused quarantine-free travel with Australia's New South Wales last night following a new outbreak in Sydney.

Based on the time of their symptom onset and CT score it was most likely the traveller contracted the virus in Sydney prior to their visit to New Zealand.

A full list is on NZ's Ministry of Health website, with anyone who visited those places at the same time being asked to isolate and get tested.

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A Sydney person who went to New Zealand has tested positive after their trip.

The decision came after NSW announced a community COVID-19 cluster in the Australian state ballooned by another 10 cases on Tuesday.

Bloomfield said the man was doing "tourist things" while in the capital but the Ministry of Health was yet to contact the businesses and sites concerned ahead of informing the public of the locations of interest linked to the visit. The contract tracing team are tracking down 58 passengers who were on the Sydney flight the man was on.

Health authorities said the traveler visited Wellington from Saturday through Monday before returning to Australia and testing positive for COVID-19.

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

Epidemiologist Michael Baker told Morning Report the travel bubble with Australia would need to be reviewed although overall it was "working well. we are learning as we're going along". In Wellington now, we should be moving to the next alert level.

The recently confirmed case travelled from Sydney to Wellington and back again.

He said the person could have attended a wedding and that was known to be a super spreader event before.

The contact tracing system in New Zealand was very good, he said.

NSW on Wednesday tightened restrictions on gatherings and movement of people in Sydney for a week amid fears the latest cluster of the highly infectious Delta variant could spur a major outbreak.

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

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