Editor's Picks

Local
Economy

New community case in NZ, Cook Islands alert level unchanged

Saturday 21 November 2020 | Written by Katrina Tanirau | Published in Health, National

Share

New community case in NZ, Cook Islands alert level unchanged
Prime Minister Mark Brown says Government will continue to closely monitor the situation in New Zealand and stands ready to revise the country’s border settings if required. 20111321

There will be no change to Cook Islands’ alert level or border settings at this stage, despite a new Covid-19 community case in New Zealand connected to what has been called the November quarantine cluster.

The Cook Islands Government will continue to closely monitor the situation in New Zealand and stands ready to revise the country’s border settings if, and when it is deemed prudent to do so, Prime Minister Mark Brown says.

This announcement comes after it was revealed on Friday afternoon that there was one new Covid-19 community case in New Zealand, a border worker (Case F), linked to what the New Zealand Ministry of Health has labelled the “November quarantine cluster”.

As the weekly flight from Auckland was preparing to land at Rarotonga Airport on Friday afternoon with 25 passengers on board, Cook Islands health officials from Te Marae Ora were liaising with their New Zealand counterparts.

As has been standard procedure for each of the weekly flights, Te Marae Ora staff were at the airport to conduct Covid-19 testing for all arriving passengers.

Yesterday’s new community case in Wellington (Case F), is already in supervised quarantine, and is a close contact of one of the cases from the November cluster, Case B – the Wellington Defence Force employee who helped run a workshop on Army values in Auckland. 

New Zealand health officials said the person was self-isolating at home from November 7 and chose to transfer to a managed isolation facility five days later.

They returned a negative day five test but were confirmed as a case after a positive test result on day 12.

The New Zealand Ministry of Health said the cluster was contained.

Case F remains in the managed isolation facility in Wellington. All close contacts have been followed up, tested, and returned negative results.

Te Marae Ora advised that there is no change to the risk assessment process that was undertaken this week, considering this person has been in a managed isolation facility and hence there is no change to the country’s alert level.

The Health ministry yesterday also confirmed 58 returnees who arrived last week undertook their second in-country tests on Thursday and all returned negative results.