A case of Covid-19 contracted at Auckland airport in New Zealand has been linked to a passenger traveling from Ethiopia, rather than the newly instated trans-Tasman travel bubble.
A cleaner who deals with planes from high-risk countries at the airport tested positive for the virus.
It was then traced to a traveller from Ethiopia who is currently in quarantine. Their close contacts have been tested and isolated, and three locations “of interest” were alerted following the passenger’s recent movements.
No further cases of community transmission were announced at New Zealand’s most recent briefing.
It comes just a day after the trans-Tasman travel bubble kicked off, allowing restriction-free travel been New Zealand and Australia.
Some were concerned this latest Covid case could scupper the newly launched bubble, but New Zealand’s Covid-19 minister, Chris Hipkins, set about to reassure the public that the scheme was not in jeopardy.
“On both sides of the Tasman, our first expectation is that we look to contain any cases using contact tracing,” he told Radio NZ.
“I’m relatively confident based on what we know at the moment that we should be able to do that…