Covid-19 replace: Ministry of Well being explains how Auckland Airport employee received Covid-19

2021-04-21 08:13:39

The Ministry of Well being says there isn’t a threat after an Auckland Airport employee examined constructive for Covid-19 yesterday.

Watch the replace right here:

Hipkins says complete genome sequencing acquired final night time reveals the Auckland Airport employee, who examined constructive for Covid-19 yesterday, is very doubtless linked to a case that arrived on the ten April.

The Ministry of Well being has confirmed the employee did clear the aircraft that the opposite case arrived on.

Final night time the ministry mentioned 16 shut contacts of the airport employee had been recognized.

Dr McElnay says the airport employee has been very useful in figuring out their actions in the previous couple of days and has recognized 25 shut contacts.

The seven examined thus far have returned a adverse end result, she says.

The ministry beforehand mentioned Auckland Airport was the particular person’s sole employer, and their function was non-public-facing.

The particular person works cleansing planes from locations together with red-zone nations in addition to green-zone nations comparable to Australia, however the ministry has assessed that there isn’t a threat.

McElnay says whereas there’s a clear hyperlink between the airport employee and a case of Covid-19, they’re nonetheless investigating how they turned contaminated.

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Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern has beforehand mentioned the employee was absolutely vaccinated, however added that folks might nonetheless get Covid-19 regardless of that.

Requested if it is acceptable for the cleaner to have cleaned each red- and green-zone planes, Hipkins says there are measures – frequent between New Zealand and Australia – so {that a} employee can not transfer from a red-zone to a inexperienced zone in a single shift.

“Finally the chance of somebody who’s cleansing a aircraft, the possibilities of them passing on an an infection is minimal if there may be any in any respect. The possibilities of them selecting up the virus after all is minimal as nicely.

“We’ll take into account altering the system if the investigation highlights that there’s a want to vary the system.”

On immediately’s numbers, Dr McElnay says one case has been detected in MIQ services, arriving from Switzerland by way of Qatar on 19 April.

Additionally on this afternoon’s replace, Hipkins confirms he has acquired his second Covid-19 vaccine.

He says 183,351 doses of the vaccine have been administered thus far, 140,580 folks have had a primary dose, and 42,771 have had a second dose.

Some 41 p.c of first-dose vaccinations have been in Auckland, 19 p.c of whom are Māori or Pasifika, he says.

Vaccinations have been throughout 142 completely different websites with about 1200 vaccinators thus far. Greater than 2500 folks have accomplished the vaccinator coaching.

Throughout New Zealand, 12,697 Māori have acquired their first vaccine, with 4343 of these having additionally acquired a second dose.

Hipkins says of the 16314 of the estimated 50,000 border staff’ household contacts have been vaccinated.

“I would really like that quantity to be increased … please do come ahead and get these vaccinations.”

Group 2 vaccines are continuing nicely, Hipkins says.

He says 104,596 first doses have been given to that group with 21,791 of these now absolutely vaccinated.

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Shares of the Pfizer vaccine proceed to construct, with one other cargo of over 78,000 vaccines bringing complete vaccines in New Zealand to 685,620.

Hipkins says he’s writing to all employers of the border employee scheme to remind them that each one border staff have to be examined.

“It’s an important employer duty … solely employers are within the place to make sure that one hundred pc of those that have to be examined are being examined.”

He says extra data is being more and more pushed out to encourage folks to take up the vaccine.

Hipkins can be warning towards a selected conspiracy principle.

“I’m often reluctant on this discussion board to speak about conspiracy theories, however I do need to deal with a type of immediately.

“I’m conscious that there are folks handing out … printed materials that undermines masks carrying on public transport. They have been significantly energetic within the Wellington area, they have been handing out masks exemption playing cards which are primarily based on the official exemption playing cards that space avail to those that want them and they’re handing out a pamphlet which while it appears to be like skilled has lots of data in it that’s factually incorrect and probably harmful.”

“My message to all these coming via the Wellington prepare station is that for those who obtain one in every of these pamphlets the Wellington prepare station has helpfully offered quite a lot of receptacles for them – they’re referred to as the garbage bins.”

He says the group’s actions are extremely disrespectful to the small quantity of people that genuinely want an exemption to carrying a masks comparable to a well being or incapacity purpose.

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