Man tested positive for COVID-19 in Auckland after flight from Christchurch

Man tested positive for COVID-19 in Auckland after flight from Christchurch

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The Ministry of Health has released an update on the case a man who left a managed isolation facility in Christchurch having returned negative tests for COVID-19, getting retested in Auckland returning a positive result.

85 close contacts were recorded from the charter flight from Christchurch to Auckland. 29 so far have been tested.

The testing also includes the people closest to the person on the flight. 28 of the people nearby have all returned a negative result.


The 29th person returned a positive test with a high CT value yesterday, which means it was an older infection. The person has had no symptoms since arriving in New Zealand but was retested to safeguard any issues and returned a negative result this morning.

Serology testing is also being undertaken. This accordingly returned negative day 3 and day 12 test while in managed isolation. This person remains under investigation to confirm that this is, in fact, a historical case to determine whether it has already reported as a case in India.

The Ministry says that a precautionary approach is being taken and the person has been transferred to the Auckland quarantine facility.

The remaining people on the flight are currently in the process of being contacted by the Contact Tracing teams, and they will be tested as appropriate and as a precaution.

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