Further public health advice has been issued following an Australian traveller from Sydney, who was in Wellington last weekend, and tested positive for COVID-19 upon their return to Australia.
The visitor was in Wellington from Saturday 19 June until Monday 21 June.
New South Wales health officials have confirmed an epidemiological link of the person who tested positive to the Bondi cluster, providing reassurance the person did not contract COVID-19 in Wellington. Genome sequencing of the visitor is underway
Four initial close contacts in New Zealand who were previously identified are isolating, following public health advice, and have all returned negative test results.
So far, 420 people have been identified as contacts – of those, 167 have been tested, 15 have returned a negative result, and the remaining are pending a test result.
Of the 420 people, a significant number of these people have been referred by Healthline, so they have already been given key public health information around isolating and getting tested. Of those people, 164 have been spoken to by our contact tracing team.
So far, 1,752 people have been identified as contacts of the Australian person who visited Wellington last weekend.
1,200 of those contacts need to isolate until a negative test result at day 5, while the remainder need to isolate for 14 days and have at least 2 tests.
Of those 1,752 total contacts, 532 have returned a negative result, 8 have returned overseas and the remaining 1,212 are either being followed up or are awaiting a test result.
There were 58 passengers on the Qantas flight QF163 which the Australian passenger travelled on to Wellington last Saturday. All have been advised to isolate. Of those 58 passengers, 27 have had a negative test result, and the remainder are expected to have results in the next couple of days.
Eight remaining passengers, mentioned above, have returned overseas – follow up action is being taken by the overseas jurisdiction.
New Zealand-based flight crew from both the inbound and outbound flights have all been contacted and are being tested. Those crew members based overseas are being managed by overseas jurisdictions.
Whole Genome Sequencing confirms link to Delta variant
26 June 2021
The Ministry of Health can confirm the whole genome sequencing of the Australian tourist who visited Wellington is the Delta variant of COVID-19.
New South Wales health officials have this evening confirmed an epidemiological link and we were awaiting confirmation of the completion of whole genome sequencing.
Director of Public Health Dr Caroline McElnay says the confirmation reinforces we are taking the right approach with our 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.
No community cases; 4 cases of COVID-19 in managed isolation
26 June 2021
There are no cases of COVID-19 to report in the community in New Zealand today.
There are 4 cases to report related to recent returnees in managed isolation facilities since the Ministry’s last update yesterday
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