- An omicron-positive arrival from the UK has been active in the community in Auckland before receiving their positive test result, when they should have been isolating.
- The case has been revealed as DJ Dimension, AKA Robert Etheridge, who was in New Zealand for the Rhythm & Alps festival.
- Almost 100 contacts of the case have been identified, including six who flew to Christchurch to perform at a festival.
- Covid-19 response minister Chris Hipkins said it was made clear to those self-isolating that they must stay isolated until their day nine test result comes back, and it was “really disappointing” that the rules hadn’t been followed.
- A second border-related omicron case in the community has been identified, an Air NZ crew member who worked on an Auckland-Sydney flight on December 24. Eight close contacts have been identified and there are no locations of interest at this stage.
- Auckland is due to move from the red setting to orange at midnight tonight, meaning no capacity limits if vaccine passes are used.
An Air New Zealand crew member has tested positive for the omicron variant of Covid-19 after working on a flight between Auckland and Sydney on December 24, the Ministry of Health has announced.
The infection was picked up in routine surveillance testing on December 27 and the case was immediately moved to an MIQ facility. The infection has been linked by genome sequencing to three other omicron cases on the same flight. Eight close contacts have been identified, seven of whom have tested negative so far. There are no locations of interest at this stage.
Meanwhile, the ministry has said the omicron-positive DJ who was active in the community travelled by private car and car ferry to Waiheke Island, and did not leave their vehicle while on the ferry.
There are six new omicron cases in MIQ today, taking the total to 48. The ministry also announced 60 new Covid cases in the community today, one in Northland, 20 in Auckland, 28 in Waikato, eight in Bay of Plenty, one in Lakes, one in Tairāwhiti and one in Canterbury. Twenty-four of the Waikato cases are in Te Kūiti, the majority of whom are connected to two exposure events and had been notified they were contacts by public health teams before testing positive, said the ministry.
Yesterday, 13,581 tests were carried out, an increase after several days of low testing numbers over the holiday period.