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According to the Ministry of Health, the flight attendant that caught COVID-19 does not have a Variant of concern.
It was reported that the individual returned to New Zealand from Japan on February 28, where a negative test result was returned. Subsequently, they returned a positive test result on March 7 following the swab that was taken on March 6.
The Ministry confirmed to thisquality that the crew members’ whole genome sequencing identified the B.1.1.317 Variant of the virus.
“Unlike other variants, including those first identified in the UK and South Africa, this variant is not currently classified as a variant of concern,” said a spokeswoman.
Infection sources that could have possible links are still being looked into as part of the investigation into how the flight attendant got the virus.
The household contacts tested negative but will remain in isolation as a precaution while the crew member is staying at Auckland’s quarantine facility.
Public health officials advised close contacts of the aircrew member of the steps they need to take to get retested, and self isolate until they received a negative result.
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