Covid 19 coronavirus: Close contact flew to Wellington last weekend


The New South Wales health authority has issued an alert indicating that locations in Wellington may be Covid-19 exposure sites as a result of trans-Tasman travel.

New South Wales Health issued the alert late on Tuesday night.

It said passengers who were on one flight into Wellington, and one flight back to Sydney last weekend, are considered close contacts of a Covid-19 case.

The flights were Qantas QF-163, which left Sydney on Friday and landed in Wellington just after midnight on Saturday; and Air New Zealand NZ-247, which left Wellington at 10.13am on Monday.

The Australian state’s health authority is urging anyone who was on those flights to get a Covid-19 test, and to self-isolate for 14 days, regardless of the result.

The temporary suspension of quarantine-free travel from New South Wales to New Zealand is now in place, and will last at least 72 hours.

The Australian state yesterday recorded 10 new cases of Covid-19, and new exposure sites there have been announced.

NSW Health did not provide a list of possible exposure sites in Wellington, or any other New Zealand centres.

Tat information is being sought from the New Zealand Health Ministry.

It has so far confirmed the NSW Health alert, but not published any locations of interest on this side of the Tasman.

It is also advising anyone who travelled on the flights to isolate and seek a Covid-19 test.

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