NSW tracers rush to track Kiwi travellers

New South Wales contract tracers are racing to reach 455 travellers from New Zealand after a positive case was confirmed in Auckland.

Those who arrived in NSW from New Zealand since November 5 have been sent a message with NSW Health advice and are being contacted and alerted about a number of venues of concern in Auckland.

NSW Health said in a statement no passengers arriving in Sydney from New Zealand on Friday evening reported having visited the locations and none had symptoms.

"Airlines will ascertain if passengers have attended these venues before they leave New Zealand and if they have, they will be not allowed to travel," the department said.

All arrivals from New Zealand will be asked to monitor for even the mildest of symptoms and get tested and isolate if they appear unwell, NSW Health said.

NSW has now gone a week without a locally-transmitted virus case but health authorities are still urging the community to keep getting tested.

Positive cases continue to be detected among overseas travellers in hotel quarantine, with the state recording four on Saturday.

Some 17,184 people were tested for the virus between Friday and Saturday.

NSW Health's Dr Jeremy McAnulty thanked the community for the increase in testing numbers but urged people in the Rouse Hill, Bowral and Moss Vale areas to get tested after virus traces were found in sewage.

"Anyone in these areas is urged to get tested immediately if they have any symptoms at all that could signal COVID-19," he said on Friday.

While detection in sewage samples could reflect the presence of older cases in those areas, NSW Health fears there could be other active cases in the local community.

NSW will reopen its border with Victoria on November 23. The southern state has recorded more than two weeks of consecutive zero-transmission days.

No quarantine will be required upon arrival or departure from the state.


Until the virus is contained globally, tourism is a hugely risky industry. The further people are allowed to travel, the greater the risk.
The tourism industry is screaming for reopenings of borders, but I have yet to see where they are offering to pay for the full costs of any problems that result from that. Tourism has to pay its way, it can not continue to privatize profits and socialize costs.

I'm one of those who has been contacted. Didn't help that I dropped my phone & it was out of action for a day or more. They're thorough I guess, I received about 7 calls over a 24 hour period. But even after contacting them the calls, emails & calls to my wife (as my back up contact in NZ) haven't stopped. Supposedly the information is on a spreadsheet.... I guess it's a google one that can be edited by all the workers trying to contact us. Had to laugh at that, and the person on the other side of the call was just as amused as I was.






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