Saturday, November 27

Air New Zealand crew member tests positive for Covid-19


An Air New Zealand crew member tested positive for Covid-19, with his last service flight three days earlier.

Air New Zealand head office on Fanshawe Street in Auckland.

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Photo: RNZ / Dan Cook

The fully vaccinated crew member tested positive on Wednesday, August 18 as part of the airline’s regular surveillance testing program for international aircrews.

The person is not part of the community group of positive cases, which now number 10.

Air New Zealand Medical Director Dr Ben Johnston said in a statement that the crew member’s last duty was flight NZ90 from Narita, which arrived in Auckland on August 15.

“Now they are isolating themselves on the advice of the Ministry of Health,” Johnston said.

“Other crews are being alerted that they are close contacts and will be isolated and tested in accordance with the requirements of the Ministry of Health.”

“There are important precautions for our crew operating to international destinations set by the Ministry of Health, and we are confident that our people are diligently following the protocols.

“These include taking private transportation to and from your stopover hotel, isolating yourself at the hotel, and wearing PPE at all times during the stopover. Aircrews are also subject to periodic surveillance tests where they are tested up to one time. every seven days. “

Johnston said that 82 percent of Air NZ front-line workers had at least one dose of the Covid-19 vaccine and 80 percent were fully vaccinated.

This is an official Covid-19 alert.

All New Zealand You are now at Covid-19 Alert Level 4.

The alert level will be reviewed after 3 days for all areas EXCEPT Auckland and the Coromandel Peninsula, which will likely remain at level 4 for an initial period of 7 days.

A community case of Covid-19 has been identified.

Stay at home whenever possible and follow level 4 alert guidelines. This will stop the spread of Covid-19 and SAVE LIVES.

All are asked to:

Wear a mask and keep a distance of 2 meters from others when you leave your house.

If you are sick, call your doctor or Healthline on 0800 358 5453 for advice on getting tested.

Keep scanning QR codes every time you leave your home.

Practice good hygiene: wash your hands often.

Services including supermarkets, pharmacies, clinics and gas stations will remain open at alert level 4.

For more information on Alert Level 4, go to [the government website www.covid19.govt.nz]

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