Government responds to latest community Covid case in NZ

Monday 25 January 2021 | Written by CI News Staff | Published in Health, National

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Government responds to latest community Covid case in NZ
Prime Minister Mark Brown, seen here announcing one-way travel bubble into New Zealand earlier this month, is monitoring developments in NZ after a new community case of Covid-19 was confirmed over the weekend. 21011409

Following a confirmed community Covid-19 case in Northland New Zealand, Te Marae Ora is keeping in daily contact with the New Zealand Ministry of Health and will implement further measures as required if the situation changes.

Cook Islands Prime Minister Mark Brown yesterday reassured the Cook Islands people that every person who has arrived in Rarotonga since January 13 2020 will by Monday morning have been tested at least twice for Covid-19.

“A short time ago the New Zealand COVID Recovery Minister Chris Hipkins confirmed the community case in Northland is the South African strain,” PM Brown said.

“And that the source of the infection is highly likely to be a fellow returnee during the person’s stay at the Pullman Hotel in Auckland.

“As Minister Hipkins said, this is good news as it means they now know where the source of infection is.”

The Prime Minister said what is also known is that the infected person upon leaving managed isolation on January 13 was incredibly vigilant with her use of the Covid contract tracing app and scanning everywhere she went.

Because of this, New Zealand authorities have been able to rapidly identify where she had been in the days leading up to her taking the test, he said.

“Whilst we are not aware that any people who arrived this last week were in Northland, here is the list of venues of interest as released by the New Zealand Health ministry https://www.health.govt.nz/our-work/diseases-and-conditions/covid-19-novel-coronavirus/covid-19-health-advice-public/contact-tracing-covid-19/covid-19-contact-tracing-locations-interest#current,” PM Brown said.

In a precautionary move, Te Marae Ora on Sunday tested all 40 passengers who arrived on Friday’s flight. All test results came back negative.

Further those passengers who arrived on January 15 and 19 all provided negative tests results before departing New Zealand.

Those who arrived on January 15 were swabbed last week and those swabs were sent to New Zealand yesterday and the handful of passengers who arrived on Tuesday will be tested tomorrow.

Te Marae Ora is keeping in daily contact with the New Zealand Ministry of Health and will implement further measures as required if the situation changes.

Further updates will be provided once additional tests results are received.