New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern says she doesn’t anticipate a pop to the trans-Tasman bubble despite an Auckland Airport worker testing positive to COVID-19.
On Tuesday afternoon (NZST), the Ministry of Health announced the new community case, just a day after New Zealand dropped quarantine requirements for Australian travellers.
Ms Ardern said the person was a cleaner on “red zone” flights from high-risk countries.
The person received two doses of the Pfizer vaccine, and tested positive as part of mandated weekly testing for Kiwi border workers.
Ms Ardern said she didn’t believe it would impact trans-Tasman travel arrangements.
“These are the kind of scenarios where we would anticipate movement continuing,” she said.
“Our Minister of Health has kept in touch with his counterpart. They’re directly communicating and so are our officials.”
In a statement, NZ health authorities said more information would follow later this afternoon.
“The usual protocol of isolating the case, interviewing them, and tracing their contacts and movements is underway,” the statement read.
Monday saw thousands cross the Tasman Sea and enter New Zealand after the long-awaited end of mandatory quarantine for Australian travellers.
Under the terms of the trans-Tasman bubble agreement, all states, territories and New Zealand can suspend quarantine-free travel with places that have outbreaks.