Covid-19: One new case in MIQ, none in community

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Fri, 7 May 2021, 1:08PM
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Covid-19: One new case in MIQ, none in community

Author
NZ Herald ,
Publish Date
Fri, 7 May 2021, 1:08PM

There are no new cases of Covid-19 in the community but one in managed isolation.

The latest case came from the United Arab Emirates and arrived here on April 24. The person tested positive on day 12 during routine testing at an Auckland managed isolation facility.

It means there are now 26 active cases in New Zealand.

Yesterday evening thousands of travellers had plans disrupted after the government paused flights from New South Wales for 48 hours as a precautionary response to two community cases in Sydney.

The pause to the trans-Tasman bubble is limited to flights from NSW, and began at midnight.

Director General of health Dr Ashley Bloomfield said today the move to pause travel was so authorities could see what further results emerged.

Overnight New South Wales health officials added more locations of interest in relation to the Sydney Covid cases.

Covid-19 Response Minister Chris Hipkins said the risk was low, even though about 6000 people have flown into New Zealand from NSW since the Sydney cases emerged.

While the eastern state has not gone into lockdown restrictions have been put in place, including compulsory masks in indoor venues and gatherings limited to 20 people.

Genome sequencing has linked the index case, a man in his 50s, to a traveller who arrived from the US, and who was moved to a quarantine facility on April 28.

One of the man's household contacts, a woman in her 50s, returned a positive test yesterday.

But it remains unclear how they caught the virus, meaning there could be several links in the chain of transmission between them and the traveller who might still be in the community without knowing they have the virus.

Neither the man nor the woman had recently travelled overseas, worked in a hotel quarantine, border or health role, or came into contact with someone who did.

It comes as New Zealand health officials revealed just one new case detected in a traveller from Nepal who arrived in the country on May 4, and three historic cases which were not considered infectious.