Wellington Scoop

Were you at the airport on Thursday morning? If so, check for covid symptoms

Today’s new covid case in Blenheim has been followed by a warning to anyone who was at Wellington Airport on Thursday morning.

The Blenheim covid patient, who was unvaccinated, flew from Rotorua to Wellington on Thursday morning, and then changed planes for the flight from Wellington to Blenheim.

As a result, passengers on both flights have been warned to self-monitor for covid systems for 14 days.

The same warning has been given to anyone who was at the airport on Thursday morning between 8.15 and 9am:

Self monitor for symptoms for 14 days, and if symptoms develop, get a test and stay home till you receive a negative result.

The information was uploaded on to the Ministry of Health website this evening.

locations of interest

Two people who were at the airport during the specified time were Fergus Barrowman of VUP and author Elizabeth Knox.

RNZ said the the person with covid in Blenheim was tested after flying to Blenheim from Rotorua via Wellington on Thursday, and it’s thought the case is connected to the Te Awamutu cluster. Testing returned a weak result, and experts believe the person was in the late stage of the infection when they travelled, which could reduce the risk of the virus being passed on.

Locations of interest are being added to the Ministry’s contact tracing page as they’re available, and anyone with even mild symptoms is asked to get tested.

Another 104 people have tested positive for Covid-19 in the community in the past 24 hours; 91 in Auckland, eight in Waikato, four in Northland and the one in Blenheim. There were 129 new community cases reported on Friday, and 102 on Thursday. 55 people are in hospital with the coronavirus, including five in intensive care.