New Queenstown locations of interest identified

The threat of a Covid-19 outbreak in the South loomed a little closer yesterday, after the Ministry of Health publicised several new locations of interest in Queenstown, labelling one of them a "close contact".

Ministry advice is that anyone who was at such a location should get tested immediately, self-isolate, and then test again after the fifth day.

Anyone at the Queenstown Top 10 Holiday Park at Arthurs Point on January 9, 10 and 11 should consider themselves a close contact, the ministry said.

"Further isolation and testing requirements will be provided by Public Health."

Britz Campervan Hire in Frankton (January 11, 4pm-4.15pm) was also added to the list of locations of interest. The list also includes Frankton Beach playground, a Thai restaurant, Shotover Jet, Queenstown airport and the Remarkable Sweet Shop Arrowtown.

WellSouth chief executive Andrew Swanson Dobbs said anyone with symptoms should get a test.

"There is a steady demand for swabbing across the region ... in the Queenstown Lakes area there are drive through and walk in services in Frankton and testing by appointment in Queenstown and Wanaka."

Yesterday 14 new cases of Covid-19 were recorded in the community, in Auckland (7), Lakes (6) and Wellington (1).

Nationally, there were 529 cases of Covid-19 identified in the past 21 days and not yet classified as recovered.

A Ministry spokesman said the beginning of the vaccination programme for 5-11-year-olds on Monday had gone smoothly, and 14,367 children were vaccinated on day one.

"Because at this early stage of the rollout the number of children being vaccinated in some of our smaller communities is relatively small, we are not initially providing breakdowns of the data by geographical region or ethnicity in order to ensure their privacy."

Meanwhile, a close contact of an Auckland MIQ worker who had earlier tested positive to the Omicron variant of Covid-19 was yesterday confirmed as a positive case.

As they were already in isolation there were no exposure events associated with that case, and all other household members had returned negative tests to date the spokesman said.



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