New Zealand Records First Cases Of COVID-19 Three Weeks After Declaring Itself Free Of The Virus

New Zealand is no longer free from coronavirus after two women who flew from London to see a dying parent tested positive for Covid-19.
Before they were tested, the women had been given an exemption to leave quarantine on compassionate grounds and had travelled from Auckland to Wellington by car.

Director-General of Health Ashley Bloomfield said that as part of their travel plan, the women had no contact with any people or any public facilities on their road trip.

However, the new cases have sparked a round of testing in the country for anybody who might have been close to the women.

This includes passengers and staff on their flights, which arrived via Brisbane in Australia, other people at the Auckland hotel they initially stayed at in quarantine.

A family member they met in Wellington will also be tested, health officials said.

The women remain in isolation in Wellington and have delayed the funeral of their parent until they have recovered.

New Zealand had gone more than three weeks without any new cases and had declared that everybody who had contracted the virus had recovered, aside from the 22 people who died

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