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Upon returning from Japan on February 28, the tested positive yesterday as part of routine surveillance testing and was moved to Auckland’s quarantine facility. This new case previously returned negative results on the journey back to New Zealand.
All household contacts returned negative results, and the fourteen aircrew members who were on the same flight were contacted and told to get retested and isolate.
The person was vaccinated as part of an extensive campaign where more than 9,000 border and managed isolation and quarantine staff received the jab, since February 20.
Because Pfizer/BioNTech COVID-19 Vaccine Vials arrived early it was made possible to start the campaign.
When someone receives a jab, it can take a couple of weeks to start working. In this situation, it did not work like it should have, making the person a priority.
The case visited Auckland Airport’s Countdown Supermarket on March 3 between the time of 12:07 pm and 1:22 pm, the risk is low as Alert Level 3 was in place at the time when this case returned to New Zealand.
People in the shop within the time frame are being treated as casual contacts and are advised to monitor their health. If symptoms develop, they should contact Healthline on 0800 358 5454 and get a test and stay at home until they return a negative result.
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