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Covid-19 in New Zealand: Fishermen's Christchurch quarantine extended again until Friday November 04,2020   |  Source: Stuff

Russian and Ukrainian fishermen in New Zealand will stay in managed isolation and quarantine in Christchurch until at least Friday after two health workers who were in contact with them contracted Covid-19.

And they won’t leave until authorities get to the bottom of how two health workers contracted the virus.

The Ministry of Health said the further delay was a “precautionary measure” that would be reviewed as investigations continued into exactly how the two health workers picked up the virus.

Genome testing has linked the first infected staffer, a woman nurse, to five international mariners quarantining at the Sudima Christchurch Airport hotel – three tested positive at day three and two tested positive at day six. This meant health authorities could rule out the infection happening outside the managed isolation facility.

“It points us much more directly to the exact interaction with the exact individual, which I am sure will shed more light on how the infection happened,” Director-General of Health Dr Ashley Bloomfield told Radio NZ on Wednesday.

Genome sequencing of the second health worker, whose positive test result was announced on Tuesday evening, was under way.


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