Two New Cases Of Coronavirus Have Been Detected In New Zealand
New Zealand has been celebrating after effectively eliminating the coronavirus and letting people get back to their normal lives.
Thousands of people were allowed to attend professional sporting matches over the weekend and life has seemingly returned to what it was before the pandemic.
However, two new cases of Covid-19 have been detected in the country.
The New Zealand Herald reports the two cases are from people who came from the UK, who were allowed to fly to the country on extenuating circumstances.
Everyone coming into the country from June 9 gets placed into quarantine or managed isolation for two weeks, where their health status is recorded and tested to ensure they don't have the virus.
However, the women were granted an exemption after six days of managed isolation to travel from Auckland to Wellington to visit a dying parent.
People granted an exemption are only allowed to go to family to grieve and aren't permitted to go to a funeral.
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It's unclear where the two women picked up the virus, and it's since been revealed that they weren't tested before leaving managed isolation. Contact tracing is underway to determine if they caught Covid-19 from the UK, on the flight or once inside New Zealand.
They travelled from Auckland to Wellington during the trip and kept their interactions with other people at an absolute minimum.
Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern warned that new cases of coronavirus were very possible and people shouldn't get complacent.
"I don't want New Zealanders to believe that the battle is over when it is not," she said
The quarantine rules are more relaxed for people who don't have any Covid-19 symptoms.
The Ministry of Health website said: "Specific facilities are being used for a small number of travellers who are unwell when arriving in New Zealand. These people are in quarantine and are unable to leave their room.
"Separate facilities are being used for travellers who are well. While in these facilities, they are able to go for a walk within the confines of the facility, but will need to limit contact with others.
"Travellers at these facilities may not leave the facility grounds for any reason unless they have express approval from health officials and are accompanied by health officials."
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