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The Ministry of Health confirmed Friday evening that whole-genome sequencing of the Australian tourist who visited Wellington had been confirmed to be the Delta Variant of Covid-19.
Health officials in New South Wales announced the confirmation that there was an epidemiological link. Further confirmation of the completion of whole-genome sequencing is underway.
The Wellington region went into Alert Level 2 lockdown settings on Wednesday due to the case visiting for a brief period of time.
Director of Public Health, Dr Caroline McElnay, says New Zealand is taking the right approach by using precautionary actions to ensure Covid-19 stays out of the community.
“The signs so far are encouraging – testing has ramped up, and there have not been any community cases at this point,” she said.
“I want to emphasise the importance of staying vigilant, 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.”
“Keep track of where you’ve been – scan QR codes wherever you go and turn on Bluetooth tracing in the app dashboard.”
She suggested New Zealanders keep up to date with locations of interest in Wellington — and if someone has been at one, they should continue to stay in isolation for the full 14 day period.
People must get at least two negative test results or isolate until a negative day five test. This can differ from specific circumstances.
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