There are only a couple of new cases, stemming from a Defence Force worker who infected a colleague and, somehow, a university student working in a central city shop. It's still unknown how the latter happened, as no direct physical link to, or contact with, each other has been established. Despite that, genomic sequencing of their infections shows no intermediate host, which argues for direct contact of some sort. Best guess appears to be some sort of surface contamination which was picked up, but nobody can establish where that might have occurred. Both people are now in quarantine, and the government doesn't believe any further action is necessary as all their close contacts have returned negative tests to Covid-19.
I think that's just precautionary. The chances of anyone having been in contact with these people, and then travelling to Australia, is miniscule.I saw today that the NSW government is contacting people who've come from NZ to notify them that they may have been in contact with cases in NZ. I wonder if that will happen in Melbourne too - today our deputy Chief Health Officer said they're ready for the remote possibility of cases coming in to Melbourne from NZ and NSW.
Despite what might seem to outsiders as some sort of "lapse," we've had something like FOUR cases in the community from more than 60,000 people through managed isolation, and all have been clamped down immediately. That's a far cry from what happened in Melbourne.I really hope NZ's hotel quarantine program tightens up now after this. It's almost certain nothing will come of this latest scenario but after what happened in Melbs I don't think we can ever be too careful.
Fingers crossed from this side, too.Also, I'm glad travel between NZ and AUS has been eased and I wonder if the NZ government will make any announcements about the reverse direction in time for the AO.