NZ border worker tests Covid positive on second day of bubble

NZ border worker tests Covid positive on second day of bubble”

The ministry revealed Covid-19 had been detected in a worker at Auckland Airport.

'This was a border worker who did work in an environment where they were coming into contact with the planes that are used to transport people from red zones; so from high-risk countries, ' Ms Ardern said.

During her post-Cabinet press conference, Ms Ardern described the bubble with Australia as an "important milestone" in New Zealand's economic recovery.

An airport worker in Auckland has tested positive to Covid-19 on just the second day of the trans-Tasman bubble.

"It just means that they won't get sick and they won't die".

"[It] means it is still possible to get Covid, but it won't make you almost as sick or likely to experience, potentially, some of the disastrous consequences we have seen overseas". So they were last tested on the 12th and then the 19th.

But, a week later on the 19, they had tested positive.

"We know the Pfizer vaccine is highly effective, but at 95 per cent effectiveness a small number may not be protected".

Australia until Tuesday recorded 910 deaths since it the pandemic began a year ago, while New Zealand has reported only 26.

A woman hugs her daughter and grand-daughter at Sydney International Airport
A woman hugs her daughter and grand-daughter at Sydney International Airport Credit Jenny Evans /Getty Images AsiaPac

Early data showed it also reduced the likelihood the virus could be passed on to others.

Following months of negotiations between the largely coronavirus-free neighbors, the "trans-Tasman travel bubble" allows Australians and New Zealanders to visit each others' country without any restrictions.

The ministry said breakthrough infections happened with all vaccines.

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.

Ms Ardern said she had not yet spoken to her Australian counterpart Scott Morrison yet, but that she didn't expect the case to affect the travel arrangement between the two countries.

The case appears to be unrelated to the travel bubble though and flights with Australia have not been suspended.

"And as we know this virus is very hard to contain, and I think the public should be reassured that there are very good health and safety regulations in place".

There are no new cases of Covid-19 in the community today, it said.

Despite showing leaks in the travel bubble, Ardern said both Australia and New Zealand expected to handle border cases and had systems in place to do that without closing off the long-awaited freedom of movement.

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