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- Oceania News · Coronavirus (COVID-19) · Infectious Diseases · Health Conditions · New Zealand · Air New Zealand · Auckland Region · New Zealand Ministry of Health · Ministry of National Health Services, Regulation and Coordination · Ministry of Health (Saudi Arabia) · Shanghai

There are eight new cases of Covid-19 in New Zealand, all in man­aged iso­la­tion.

An Air New Zealand flight crewmem­ber who tested pos­i­tive for the virus has also re­turned to Auck­land, the Min­istry of Health said.

The crewmem­ber orig­i­nally tested neg­a­tive for the virus in New Zealand on Novem­ber 18 but re­turned a pos­i­tive test on ar­rival in Shang­hai on Novem­ber 22. They have now been tested again and re­turned another pos­i­tive re­sult, this time in New Zealand.

‘‘Fur­ther test sam­ples were pro­cessed rapidly in our Auck­land lab­o­ra­tory and these have re­turned a pos­i­tive re­sult, so this is now con­sid­ered a con­firmed case,’’ the min­istry said. ‘‘ Our case num­bers will re­port this case tomorrow.’’

All other crewmem­bers tested neg­a­tive. A source in­ves­ti­ga­tion was un­der way and swabs had been sent to ESR for genome se­quenc­ing, the min­istry said.

Seven close con­tacts and six ca­sual con­tacts of the crew mem­ber also ar­rived in New Zealand yes­ter­day and were all tested on ar­rival. They are all in quar­an­tine at Auck­land’s Jet Park Ho­tel.

‘‘We con­tinue to in­ves­ti­gate lo­ca­tions of in­ter­est the per­son may have vis­ited in the rel­e­vant time pe­riod prior to de­part­ing on their flight,’’ the min­istry said.

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