Tuesday, September 08, 2020

The COVID-stricken Air India flight that brought 17 cases to NZ

On August 28, the Ministry of Health confirmed seven imported cases of COVID-19; three men in their 30s, a woman in her 60s, a woman in her 20s, and two children.

They arrived in New Zealand on the flight in question - an Air India flight from Delhi, on August 23.

The Ministry said they all tested positive on day three of their stays in managed isolation.

Since then, another 10 linked to that same flight would become infected.

The Ministry said on August 29 two more cases were picked up at the border - a woman in her 70s and man in his 30s - who travelled on the Air India flight.

"Both tested positive on the day three test while at the Grand Millennium in Auckland," the Ministry said.

Last Tuesday, there were two cases in managed isolation in Auckland; two women in their 20s and 30s, who also arrived on the August 23 flight.

The remaining four cases of coronavirus connected to the flight were confirmed on Friday, Saturday, Sunday, and Monday.

Director-General of Health Dr Ashley Bloomfield on Friday said there were two imported cases in managed isolation facilities - children that were family members of cases on the Air India flight.
08/09/20 Mark Quinlivan/Newshub
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