A completely-vaccinated border employee, who works at Auckland Airport, has returned a constructive take a look at consequence for COVID-19.
The standard protocol of isolating the case, interviewing them and tracing their contacts and actions has begun, the Ministry of Well being mentioned on Tuesday.
It comes after the first quarantine-free flights from Australia arrived within the nation on Monday, with the opening of the trans-Tasman bubble.
New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern on Tuesday mentioned the employee has a “very clear hyperlink at this stage to circumstances which might be high-risk” and boards plane to wash them after they’ve arrived carrying passengers from international locations thought-about COVID-19 “purple zones”.
“This was somebody who was absolutely vaccinated fairly early on within the marketing campaign,” she mentioned, noting the employee was routinely examined on April 12 and April 19, returning a constructive consequence to the latter take a look at.
Ms Ardern mentioned she had not but spoken to Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison however well being ministers and officers from each international locations are “straight speaking” concerning the new case.
“After we opened, on each side, we in fact knew that we’d proceed to have circumstances linked to our border,” Ms Ardern mentioned. “In actual fact, after we introduced the date for opening the trans-Tasman bubble, Queensland was coping with circumstances.
“We settle for that it’s going to be a part of our journey collectively. I feel Australia accepts that and for each side, we’re all the time searching for clear connection to the border. On this case there may be.”