Covid-19 update: There is one new imported case in MIQ but none in the population.

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Today, there was only one new case identified in controlled isolation and quarantine facilities, with no new cases in the population.

During an update on the vaccine rollout this afternoon, Director-General of Health Dr Ashley Bloomfield stated that there were 22 active cases and a total of 2287 confirmed cases.

On the 7th of May, a new case arrived from Thailand.

There were no new cases to record in MIQ yesterday.

Bloomfield said that the public health risk estimate of a Melbourne community event discovered last night was poor.

“When this happened with Sydney last week, there was no-one else who had travelled from Sydney to New Zealand aside from the one person that the national focal point notified to us, and who was then in managed isolation down in Christchurch. So we’re not expecting any people [to have been at a location of interest] but of course we’re making sure we’re following people up.”

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The ministry was recommending at this stage that the trans-Tasman quarantine free travel to remain, with some added precautions in place, he said.

Victorian health authorities said the case was linked to the border, and that would be confirmed by genome sequencing expected today.

Bloomfield said anyone who was in a location of interest needed to follow the instructions of local health authorities and was also not able to travel to New Zealand for 14 days since the date of exposure. For those in New Zealand who were at a location of interest, they must self-isolate and call Healthline and seek advice on getting tested.

The contact tracers will be following up with about 4500 passengers who have recently travelled from Victoria to New Zealand during the period that the Melbourne case was in the community and deemed to be infectious.


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