Returnees MIQ stay extended after positive tests

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A number of people in an Auckland managed isolation facility have had their stay extended after two people tested positive for Covid-19.

The people staying at the Novotel Auckland Airport will remain in the facility until the genome sequencing results of two positive day 12 Covid-19 cases in are available, says a statement from the Ministry of Health.

The two cases arrived on June 14, one from Moscow and one from Dubai.

“It is standard protocol that any cases detected after day 3 are investigated further, in particular to rule out in-facility transmission,” says the ministry.

Investigations are underway by Auckland Regional Public Health Service as is whole genome sequencing to establish the strain and if there is a genomic relationship between the cases, says the ministry

“Results are expected in the next 48 hours.”

A number of people were due to leave the facility last night, while the remainder were due to depart today or tomorrow, says the ministry.

“This is not an extraordinary measure, we do sometimes extend the stay of returnees, based on public health requirements, when health officials need time to investigate cases.”

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