New Zealand health officials have unearthed a new case of COVID-19 in the community, but authorities are hoping for potential virus containment.
On Thursday, Health Director Ashley Bloomfield announced that security guards at a quarantine hotel in Auckland had tested positive for the virus.
A 24-year-old woman who had not yet been vaccinated was tested after feeling a sore throat.
Men work throughout Easter, live alone, and have never visited any place other than home or work, so they may not have infected others with the virus.
The only other person he came into contact with outside the office was the fully vaccinated person they parked with.
New Zealand has prioritized border workers in vaccine deployment, but authorities have not yet identified why he has not even received the first dose.
Dr. Bloomfield said the answer is likely to be a logistical issue.
“I don’t think he went through the crack,” he said.
“We are still investigating what the exposure of our colleagues and others in the community will be. If we find our approach to be preventative.”
Limited movement of men means that the Ministry of Health has not specified places of interest that would require other kiwis to self-quarantine.
Dr. Bloomfield also revealed a number of new infections in New Zealand’s controlled quarantine facilities.
A total of 19 new cases were announced on Thursday. This means that there have been 43 new cases in the last 3 days.
Of the 19 new cases, all arrived from the United Arab Emirates on one route, and 17 originated from India, where the number of cases is skyrocketing.
Dr. Bloomfield foresaw stricter restrictions or tests on arrivals from the subcontinent.
“A very active pandemic is underway and it’s easy to forget it in New Zealand,” he said.
The government also ordered an audit of the affected quarantine hotel, the Grand Millennium.