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There is 1 new case of COVID-19 to report today at the border in New Zealand.
This new case is an Air New Zealand crew member. They arrived in the country on December 9, on a flight from the United States of America. They tested positive as part of compulsory testing that is required within 48 hours of operating to the United States of America.
The person has been self-isolating in their room at a facility used by Air New Zealand for aircrew and is being transferred to Auckland’s quarantine facility.
Currently, the person is asymptomatic, which means they are not showing symptoms of the virus.
Previously the person tested negative on December 3, but the latest test results indicated that this is a new infection of the virus.
All aircrew on the flight have tested negative results but will remain in isolation.
“As a precautionary measure, all crew and staff who have been staying in or working at this facility since Wednesday 9 December, are regarded as potential contacts. They are being asked to get tested and self-isolate until their test results are known. Testing will be available at the facility from this afternoon and tomorrow,” said the Ministry of Health in a statement.
The risk to the public and community is low.
The Ministry of Health says they will be continuing to investigate this case. Any further information will be provided in a media release tomorrow at 1pm.
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