The Ministry of Health reports that an Australian traveller from Sydney that visited Wellington from June 19 until June 21 has returned a positive test result for Covid-19 after returning to Australia.
Their symptom onset and CT score conclude that they likely contracted the virus in Sydney before coming to New Zealand.
Genome sequencing processes were underway in Australia to see if there are any links to the current outbreak in Sydney. It is the first time that a traveller from Australia has transferred the virus to New Zealand.
Health authorities were notified by their Australian counterparts on Tuesday evening, establishing processes to contact the case's close contacts, including gathering more information about where they went to while in Wellington.
This has sparked concern that there may need to be a lockdown if an outbreak spreads in the city.
At least four close contacts thus far have been identified and have been told to isolate.
The sites where locations are of interest are being contacted and advised as part of contact tracing measures.
|Location/Time:||Address:||Type of contact:|
|Rydges Hotel, June 19 to June 21 (12am June 19 to 9:10am June 21)||75 Featherston Street, Pipitea, Wellington 6011||Close Contact/quarantine for 14 days from last exposure. Test immediately (unless it's within 1 day of their next scheduled test), and on day 5 after last exposure and day 12 after last exposure. Call Healthline on 08003585453|
|Unichem Wellington Central Pharmacy, June 19 from 10.38am to 11:48am.||204 Lambton Quay, Wellington||Casual Plus|
|Te Papa Tongarewa – general, June 19 from 3:05pm to 5:45pm.||55 Cable Street, Wellington||Casual Plus|
|Te Papa Tongarewa – Exhibition Surrealist Art: Masterpieces from Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen, June 19 from 4pm to 5:45pm.||55 Cable Street, Wellington||Casual Plus|
|Jack Hackett's Bar, 5 Inglewood Place, Wellington, June 19 from 8:45pm to 12am.||5 Inglewood Place, Wellington||Close Contact/Isolate/quarantine for 14 days from last exposure. Test immediately (unless it's within 1 day of their next scheduled test), and on day 5 after last exposure and day 12 after last exposure. Call Healthline on 08003585453|
**For further locations of interest, visit the Ministry of Health website.
Those that have visited the sites have been advised to isolate and contact Healthline for further advice.
Passengers that were on the following flights must isolate immediately at their home or accommodation, and call Healthline on 0800 358 5453 for advice on testing and isolating.
|Flight 1:||Flight 2:|
|Sydney to Wellington – QF163 (Qantas): Departed Sydney Friday 18 June 7:05pm (AEST), arrived Wellington Saturday 19 June 00:12am (NZST).||Wellington to Sydney – NZ247 (Air New Zealand): departed Wellington Monday 21 June 10:13am (NZST), arrived Sydney Monday 21 June 11:33am (AEST).|
“The Ministry’s contact tracing team has been in touch with the airlines about contacting passengers on these flights to provide advice. Australian health authorities will be contacting those on the return flight to Sydney to provide advice about testing and isolation,” a Ministry of Health statement read.
“Everyone [is reminded] to please remain vigilant and stick to the basics: stay home if unwell and get advice about having a test.”
“Wash hands regularly, cough and sneeze into the elbow, wear masks or face coverings on all public transport, and keep track of where you’ve been – scan QR codes wherever you go and turn on Bluetooth tracing in the app dashboard.”
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