Vaccinated airport worker tests positive for Covid

Nellie Chapman
April 20, 2021

An Auckland airport worker tested positive for COVID-19, authorities revealed Tuesday.

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.

She said it is still possible to get COVID-19, but "it won't make you almost as sick and less likely to get really unwell".

"The vaccine is 95 per cent effective at reducing symptomatic onset of doesn't mean people won't get it". This is not a worker who is very unwell and yet they have Covid, so it is doing its job.

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

Asked about Ihumātao by the media, Ardern said it was not a botch-up by the Government.

"As vaccine rollouts happen, both here and elsewhere, that's what's going to happen".

Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern says that the person was fully vaccinated, and the infection was picked up as part of routine testing.

"When we opened on both sides we of course knew we would continue to have cases connected to our border".

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Jane Halton, a commissioner on Australia's COVID-19 advisory board and a former health and finance minister, told DW how important the reopening of travel between New Zealand and Australia was.

The person's PCR test has since been sent for whole genome sequencing, with an update expected on the result tomorrow.

"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".

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

In its statement this afternoon, the Ministry of Health said the historical case was a recent returnee from Somalia via UAE who was tested on day 12 of their stay, but was considered recovered.

There are no new community cases of Covid-19 today. Total confirmed cases was 2241.

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.

The seven-day rolling average up to yesterday is 4,254 tests processed.

New Zealand's Ministry of Health confirmed the individual was now in isolation and the case would not be classified as a locally acquired case and instead a "border case".

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