On Monday, April 19, for the first time in the past year, flights between Australia and New Zealand were resumed, with no quarantine restrictions. However, a day later, an employee of the Auckland airport was found to have a positive test result for coronavirus, informs ΑΜΠΕ.
New Zealand and Australia closed their borders in March 2020 to prevent the spread of the coronavirus. Timely measures, including a rapid tracking system and an immediate lockdown, have helped countries to significantly reduce their levels of COVID-19 infection. Since the start of the pandemic, Australia has reported approximately 29,500 infections and 910 deaths, while New Zealand has recorded 26 deaths and just over 2,200 cases.
Commenting on the coronavirus outbreak a day after the resumption of flights, Jacinta Arden, Prime Minister of New Zealand, says:
“When we opened both sides, we certainly knew that we would continue to register cases related to our borders. We agree that this will be part of our common journey and I believe Australia is embracing that as well. ”
According to her, on April 12, the employee tested negative for COVID-19, but on Monday the second test gave a positive result. He was reported to have been fully vaccinated and washed planes that arrived from high-risk countries. Contact tracing is currently underway.
Greg Hunt, Australia’s Minister of Health, says he has “complete confidence” in the strength of New Zealand’s national health system and is confident that it will cope with the new case:
“We’ve seen how they deal with imminent outbreaks (pandemics) and there will be days when cases are found in Australia as well.”