Covid 19 coronavirus: No new community Covid cases; one in MIQ; update on Victoria travellers

There are no new cases of Covid-19 in the community in New Zealand today.

There is one new case in MIQ, the Ministry of Health says.

Thirteen Kiwis who travelled to NZ from Melbourne have been referred to “people-finding services” because the Ministry has not been able to contact them.

The 13 are among 4539 people who flew fromMelbourne Airport to New Zealand between May 20 and May 25.

Meanwhile, in Australia the state of Victoria is scrambling to trace a “mystery case” at a Melbourne aged-care facility.

On Sunday, there were two cases of Covid-19 in managed isolation and none in the community in this country.

One of the confirmed cases travelled from Lebanon and tested positive on day 10.

The other case travelled from Saudi Arabia and tested positive on day zero.

That brought the total number of active cases in New Zealand to 16.

Victoria’s health authorities are “extremely concerned” about a new mystery case of Covid-19.

One of the state’s five new Covid cases today was a worker at an aged-care facility in Melbourne’s west.

Health authorities were trying to determine how the female healthcare worker at Arcare Maidstone, who lives in Altona, caught the virus.

She was asymptomatic and wore a mask when she worked shifts on Wednesday and Thursday at the aged-care home.

“The aged-care positive case is an extreme concern to us,” testing commander Jeroen Weimar told reporters today.

“It is our most vulnerable and sensitive setting.”

On Thursday, Covid-19 Response Minister Chris Hipkins and director general of health Dr Ashley Bloomfield announced that New Zealand’s travel bubble with Victoria would be paused for another seven days.

That means people will not be able to travel between the two locations without the need to quarantine until at least 7.58pm on Friday, June 4.

The Ministry of Health confirmed 4626 people flew from Melbourne airport to New Zealand between May 20-25, compared to the initial estimation of 5000 travellers.

However, 89 people from Melbourne are yet to be found after an order to get a Covid test and self-isolate.

Less than half of the 4626 people identified have been tested and returned a negative result.


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