Covid-19 Response Minister Chris Hipkins and Director of Public Well being Dr Caroline McElnay are giving an replace on Covid-19.
Watch the replace right here:
Hipkins says complete genome sequencing obtained final night time reveals the Auckland Airport employee, who examined constructive for Covid-19 yesterday, is very possible 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.
All exams to date of contacts for the aircraft cleaner have come again adverse, Hipkins says.
The ministry beforehand mentioned Auckland Airport was the particular person’s sole employer, and their function was non-public-facing.
Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern has beforehand mentioned the employee was absolutely vaccinated, however added that individuals may nonetheless get Covid-19 regardless of that.
The brand new case got here simply in the future into the beginning of a quarantine-free journey bubble for Australia and New Zealand.
On this afternoon’s Covid replace, Hipkins additionally confirmed he has obtained his second Covid-19 vaccine.
He says 183,351 doses of the vaccine have been administered up to now, 140,580 folks have had a primary dose, and 42,771 have had a second dose.
Some 41 p.c of first-dose vaccinations had 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 to date. Greater than 2500 folks have accomplished the vaccinator coaching.
Throughout New Zealand, 12,697 Māori have obtained their first vaccine, with 4343 of these having additionally obtained a second dose.
Hipkins says of the 16314 of the estimated 50,000 border employees’ household contacts have been vaccinated.
“I would love that quantity to be larger … please do come ahead and get these vaccinations.”
Group 2 vaccines are continuing effectively, Hipkins says.
He says 104,596 first doses have been given to that group with 21,791 of these now absolutely vaccinated.
Shares of the Pfizer vaccine proceed to construct, with one other cargo of over 78,000 vaccines bringing whole 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 employees must be examined.
“It’s an important employer duty … solely employers are within the place to make sure that 100% of those that must be examined are being examined.”
He says extra info is being more and more pushed out to encourage folks to take up the vaccine.
Hipkins can be warning in opposition to a selected conspiracy concept.
“I’m normally reluctant on this discussion board to speak about conspiracy theories, however I do wish to deal with a type of immediately.
“I’m conscious that there are peple handing out … printed materials that undermines masks carrying on public transport. They have been significantly lively within the Wellington area, they have been handing out masks exemption playing cards which can be 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 seems skilled has a variety of info in it that’s factually flawed and probably harmful.”