Brisbane air passengers advised to monitor their health after green zone violation
Officials say a green zone violation reported at Brisbane airport may have involved passengers traveling to New Zealand.
This prompted health authorities to advise passengers arriving in New Zealand to monitor their health for the next 14 days.
“The reported incident took place at the Hudson Café at Brisbane Airport, where two people from a red zone country were in the cafe along with passengers from the green zone,” the ministry said. of Health.
“The risk was assessed as low.”
The ministry understands that the two red zone passengers returned negative results before leaving their home country. A second test result from swabs taken today returned a low positive for one test and a negative result for the other.
The three affected flights are Air New Zealand NZ 202 from Brisbane to Christchurch which arrived around 4.30pm today; Air New Zealand NZ 146 from Brisbane to Auckland which arrived at 5.30pm and Qantas QF 135 from Brisbane to Christchurch.
“Queensland Health has informed the ministry that the two red zone passengers were wearing masks, maintaining social distancing and are not symptomatic. Further testing is being coordinated by Queensland Health.”
“Each plane was met by officials who provided information to passengers to alert them to the potential violation and provide them with advice on monitoring their health for the next two weeks and contact Healthline and get tested if symptoms develop. develop. “
This is not the first incident involving the travel bubble without transtasman quarantine.
New Zealand only reopened non-quarantine travel with Western Australia yesterday after a lockdown in the Perth / Peel region.
It followed revelations that a traveler from Perth was able to enter New Zealand despite the Australian city being locked down.
Immigration NZ alerted the Department of Health to a person who had traveled from Perth to Auckland via Sydney on April 26 during the Perth / Peel lockdown.
The individual has now been identified and is undergoing isolation for 14 days.
Travelers who have been identified as contacts with cases across Tasmania will need to test negative and self-isolate for 14 days before leaving for New Zealand.
And just a day after the bubble opened, an Auckland border worker tested positive for the virus. It appeared that the individual – who had been fully vaccinated – had cleaned planes from “high-risk” countries.