From New Zealand
Director-General of Health Dr Ashley Bloomfield provided a COVID-19 update from the Ministry of Health’s Wellington headquarters on Thursday afternoon.
He revealed a worker at a managed isolation and quarantine (MIQ) facility had tested positive for the virus, and that 23 other cases had been picked up at the border.
Later, Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern announced a ban on new arrivals from India from April 11-28.
Here’s what we know:
- Director-General of Health Dr Ashley Bloomfield fronted an impromptu press conference on Thursday afternoon.
- He revealed an MIQ hotel worker – a security guard at the Grand Millennium – had tested positive for COVID-19. The worker had not yet been vaccinated.
- Health officials are investigating the new case and an audit is being carried out at the facility.
- 23 other cases were reported on Wednesday, all at the border. Four of these are historical.
- Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern gave a further COVID-19 update, announcing flights from India to New Zealand will be suspended from April 11-28.
- The Government is investigating how it’ll manage the risk posed by arrivals from other high-risk countries while the suspension is in place.
Coronavirus: Government doesn’t know how many border workers there are, but still insists 90 percent have got COVID-19 vaccine
While the new border case has not been vaccinated, officials insist 90 percent of the frontline border workforce has had at least one dose of Pfizer’s COVID-19 vaccine.
But 90 percent of what? That’s the question the Government is still trying to answer, admitting to Newshub it doesn’t know exactly how many border workers there are.
Forty-seven days ago, frontline border workers started getting vaccinated. It was meant to keep them and us safe from COVID-19.
But on Thursday, the Ministry of Health was informed of one new border-related case.