Queenstown case of coronavirus confirmed

The first case of coronavirus in the South Island has been confirmed, with a Danish national testing positive in Queenstown.

The woman in her 30s is the eighth person to test positive for the Covid-19 coronavirus in New Zealand.

Direcror General of Health Dr Ashley Bloomfield confirmed the case in a media briefing on Sunday afternoon.

The woman arrived in Auckland on flight QR 926 from Doha on Tuesday, March 10, and flew from Auckland to Christchurch on Jetstar flight JQ225, arriving at 8am the same day.

Healthline knows the seat numbers and will be able to advise anyone on the flight, whether they are considered a close or casual contact.

  • Anyone who was on this flight and is concerned or would like information should contact the Healthline number 0800 358 5453. Interpreters are available. 

The woman travelled with her family in a camper van from Christchurch to Queenstown and was unwell when she arrived. 

She was hospitalised for one night, is in isolation and being prepared for discharge. She will recover in self-isolation and will be monitored daily by health services.

Contact tracing on flights has been changed to be the two seats in all directions: front, back, both sides and diagonal. the Ministry of Health said. This is supported by current evidence and is in line with the same approach taken by European authorities.

Public health staff are conducting contact tracing and requesting close contacts stay in self isolation for 14 days from the date of potential exposure.

The Otago Daily Times understands the family spent three nights at a holiday park near the resort's town centre.

After the Southern District Health Board told the Queenstown Lakes District Council of the positive result, the family spent last night in their camper van in the Queenstown Events Centre car park.

They drove to the camping hub, where they remain, early this afternoon.


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