Published: Tue, April 20, 2021

New Zealand Airport COVID Case Not Likely Linked To Travel Bubble

New Zealand Airport COVID Case Not Likely Linked To Travel Bubble

Due to the nature of their work, they were part of a routine testing program.

"[It] means it is still possible to get Covid, but it won't make you almost as sick or likely to experience, potentially, some of the disastrous consequences we have seen overseas".

People who had visited those places should monitor their health and be aware of any symptoms of Covid-19. This is not a worker who is very unwell and yet they have Covid, so it is doing its job. She reiterated people who are vaccinated can still get Covid-19 "but they won't get sick and they won't die".

The confirmation comes just a day after the transtasman bubble with Australia opened, allowing quarantine-less travel between the two countries.

Asked about Ihumātao by the media, Ardern said it was not a botch-up by the Government.

The ministry said breakthrough infections happened with all vaccines.

She had not spoken to Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison yet, but said she would anticipate the border case would not alter the bubble arrangement.

"Everyone, therefore, knows the case we have and that it's connected to the border".

In a statement, the ministry said the usual protocol of isolating the case, interviewing them and tracing their contacts and movements was under way.


According to The Guardian, the New Zealand PM further stated that by no means did it constitute a "leaky border" to have someone who cleans planes carrying infected people test positive.

This shows the testing protocols were working as expected, she said.

"In situations like this a lot of pressure gets put on aviation workers and airport workers. sometimes there's a lot of blame put onto them".

"And it was their most recent test in which this case has been picked up".

"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".

The person has been tested weekly for Covid-19, and had previously returned negative tests prior to today's positive test, which was carried out at their workplace yesterday.

Total number of confirmed cases is 2,241.

"Australian Health Protection Principal Committee today is that they're watching New Zealand, but they have high confidence that New Zealand has this in train", he said.

The seven-day rolling average up to yesterday is 4,254 tests processed.

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