Wed. Jan 26th, 2022

A worker at a managed isolation and quarantine facility (MIQ) is in isolation after testing positive for Covid-19.

In his statement at. At 1 p.m., the health ministry said the positive result, returned Friday afternoon, was collected as part of routine border worker surveillance tests.

Whole genome sequencing is performed to find out if it is the highly transferable Omicron variant, and the results will be reported in Sunday’s update at.

The worker tested positive after routine monitoring tests.

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The worker tested positive after routine monitoring tests.

Investigations are underway to determine if the worker was infected in the community or at the facility where they work.

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The worker is fully vaccinated in accordance with the requirements of the vaccine mandate for this staff and is tested regularly.

Those living with the worker have been tested and all gave negative results on Friday night.

The ministry did not provide an update on Saturday on whether new Omicron cases had been detected at the border within the past 24 hours.

Since December 1, a total of 266 cases of Omicron have been detected at the New Zealand border.

During that time, more than 18,000 people have arrived in the country and have been treated through controlled isolation and quarantine.

The number of cases of Omicron at the border accounted for 1.47 percent of all travelers during that time period, the ministry said Friday.

This means that approximately one in every 66 travelers has the variant.

On Wednesday, the ministry said the number of Omicron cases at the border since December 1 exceeded the number of Delta cases by more than 10 to one.

Experts have said Omicron’s spread to society is inevitable, while a doctor has warned it would overwhelm an “already overwhelmed system” if the spread is not contained.

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