NZ border worker tests Covid positive on second day of bubble

The trans Tasman travel bubble means people are able to travel between the two countries without needing to quarantine

A border worker has tested positive for Covid-19.

Ms Ardern has brought in a traffic light system similar to the one used in Victoria, with specific hotspots designated as "red zones" - meaning people only from that area would be unable to fly.

"We entirely expect that people who are vaccinated will still get COVID-19", she said.

People who had visited those places should monitor their health and be aware of any symptoms of Covid-19. She reiterated people who are vaccinated can still get Covid-19 "but they won't get sick and they won't die".

Under the terms of the trans-Tasman bubble agreement, all states, territories and New Zealand can suspend quarantine-free travel with places that have outbreaks. Breakthrough infections happen with all vaccines.

Ms Ardern went on to say that she had not spoken directly to Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison, but that her Health Minister was in touch with his Australian counterpart.

Both countries had agreed not to immediately close the border if a case was detected, and Ms Ardern reiterated this today.

The individual's job is to clean planes that have flown internationally from countries where Covid-19 is widespread, according to a media release from New Zealand's Ministry of Health.

The person was tested regularly because they worked in an area of high risk, Ardern said.

"In situations like this a lot of pressure gets put on aviation workers and airport workers. sometimes there's a lot of blame put onto them".

"I think this is going to be very important for the tourism and travel industry on both sides of the Tasman, as well the very practical issues of families being able to reconnect".

It was unfortunate the highly transmissible virus could sometimes slip through even strict protocols, Savage said.

The worker's most recent negative test was a week earlier on April 12.

With 17 previous cases recovering, total active cases was 86.

"Australian Health Protection Principal Committee today is that they're watching New Zealand, but they have high confidence that New Zealand has this in train", he said.

On Monday, 3252 tests were processed for a seven-day rolling average of 4254.

The long-awaited travel bubble between the two countries means visitors no longer needed to quarantine on arrival.

The person has been placed in isolation, interviewed, and their contacts are being tracked, New Zealand Health said Tuesday.



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