NZ braces up to meet new coronavirus threat, considers lockdown in Wellington


  • NZ considering a lockdown after one person tests positive
  • Contact tracing underway
  • Sports events, conferences cancelled till further advice from health ministry
  • Air New Zealand cancels flights

New Zealand is bracing up to meet the Coronavirus threat in the capital city of Wellington by considering a lockdown. There has been a lot of fresh concern after an Australian tourist tested positive for COVID-19 after being in the city over the weekend.

New Zealand, so far, has had the proud honour of containing the spread of COVID-19 in the country with the last positive case reported in February.

A top Covid-19 expert has warned that New Zealanders should brace themselves for coronavirus cases after this traveler from Australia carried the infection to various sites in Wellington.

The traveler would have visited several sites, and perhaps infected several people as he was tested positive while returning to Sydney. Sydney has been reporting its biggest daily increase this week prompting New Zealand to pause quarantine-free travel with the state on Tuesday.

It may be recalled that NZ had agreed to a quarantine free travel with Australia in April this year as both countries had been able to control the spread of the virus.

Image Source: Copyright © 2021 Kalkine Media

Expert advice Kiwis to mask up

Siouxsie Wiles, who is a microbiologist in a Twitter post, advised people to take all precautions and wear a mask while moving out. He said, looks like NZ might need to brace itself for some COVID19 cases after a travel bubble leak.

The expert said that the sooner people with the virus are identified, the sooner chains of transmission can be broken.

Health ministry said that genome sequencing was underway to ascertain whether the case was linked to the current outbreak in Sydney. Also, the four contacts of the infected person have been asked to isolate and further contact tracing is being undertaken.

Sports Events and functions in Wellington cancelled

In the meantime, organisers of upcoming sporting events and functions in Wellington have cancelled their events till further advice from the health authorities. A large number of people approximately 900 were going to attend the Wellington Sports and Recreation Awards function. Now that stands cancelled.

14 locations of interest identified

Health authorities have identified almost 14 places of interest related to the coronavirus case  including Te Papa Tongarewa, The Rydges Hotel and the Jack Hackett's Bar.

Air NZ flights cancelled

In a latest update, Air New Zealand has cancelled direct services from Wellington, Christchurch and Queenstown to Sydney following a new Covid-19 cluster in Sydney.

Chris Hipkins, Covid-19 Response Minister said quarantine-free travel from NZW to New Zealand would be halted for 72 hours from midnight Tuesday while the source of infection was being investigated.

The website is a service of Kalkine Media New Zealand Limited (Kalkine Media), Company Number: 8107196. The principal purpose of the content on this website is to provide factual information only and does not contain or imply any recommendation or opinion intended to influence your financial decisions and must not be relied upon by you as such. Some of the content on this website may be sponsored/non-sponsored, as applicable, but is NOT a solicitation or recommendation to buy, sell or hold the stock of the company (or companies) or engage in any investment activity under discussion. We are neither licensed nor qualified to provide investment advice through this platform. In providing you with the content on this website, we have not considered your objectives, financial situation or needs. You should make your own enquiries and obtain your own independent advice prior to making any financial decisions.
Some of the images that may be used on this website are copyright to their respective owner(s). Kalkine Media does not claim ownership of any of the pictures displayed on this website unless stated otherwise. The images that may be used on this website are taken from various sources on the web and are believed to be in public domain. We have used reasonable efforts to accredit the source (public domain/CC0 status) to where it was found and indicated it below the image. The information provided on the website is in good faith, however Kalkine Media does not make any representation or warranty regarding the content, accuracy, or use of the content on the website.



Rated 4.3/5 based on 904 Reviews at Google My Business
We use cookies to ensure that we give you the best experience on our website. If you continue to use this site we will assume that you are happy with it. OK