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PM to front media after new positive border worker case confirmed

The trans Tasman travel bubble means people are able to travel between the two countries without needing to quarantine

Victoria recorded zero new local cases of COVID-19 on Sunday, with four new cases in hotel quarantine. "Be it returning family, friends or holidaymakers, New Zealand says welcome and enjoy yourself", Jacinda Ardern said.

The Prime Minister added that the bubble is a world first and everyone should take a moment to be "very, very proud" of what she described as "a team effort" to reach this point.

"This person has done the right things - they have been regularly tested at their workplace, and we know they have been using the NZ COVID Tracer app, with Bluetooth turned on".

She said it is still possible to get COVID-19, but "it won't make you almost as sick and less likely to get really unwell". This is not a worker who is very unwell and yet they have Covid, so it is doing its job.

"That's what the vaccine is for - it's to stop the pandemic becoming so dire that we see our hospitals full and people losing their lives".

Australian health authorities are "watching New Zealand" but the trans-Tasman bubble is yet to pop from a new community COVID-19 case in Auckland.

According to The Guardian, the New Zealand PM further stated that by no means did it constitute a "leaky border" to have someone who cleans planes carrying infected people test positive.

The person's PCR test has since been sent for whole genome sequencing, with an update expected on the result tomorrow.

Ms Ardern said she had not yet spoken to her Australian counterpart Scott Morrison yet, but that she didn't expect the case to affect the travel arrangement between the two countries.

"In situations like this a lot of pressure gets put on aviation workers and airport workers. sometimes there's a lot of blame put onto them". I think Australia accepts that.

It was unfortunate the highly transmissible virus could sometimes slip through even strict protocols, Savage said.

"And it was their most recent test in which this case has been picked up".

What does the new case mean for the bubble?

On Monday, 3252 tests were processed for a seven-day rolling average of 4254.

The case appears to be unrelated to the travel bubble though and flights with Australia have not been suspended.

One was part of a bubble with two previously reported cases and had been transferred to a quarantine facility on 4 April.

The person has been placed in isolation, interviewed, and their contacts are being tracked, New Zealand Health said Tuesday.