Travelers mark New Zealand’s first new COVID cases in 24 days

After arriving in Auckland, they were placed in isolation in a hotel — but were allowed on compassionate grounds to leave quarantine early.The women, one in her 30s and one in her 40s, traveled in a private vehicle on Saturday to visit a relative who has since died. The country has 22 reported deaths from the disease. 
First published on June 16, 2020 / 12:41 PM They both tested positive for COVID-19 after returning to quarantine. “A new case is something that we hoped we wouldn’t get but is also something we expected and we have planned for,” Director-General of Health Dr. Two women from the United Kingdom have tested positive after traveling to the country to see a dying relative, officials announced Tuesday. “‘That’s why we have geared up our contact tracing and testing capability to be able to respond rapidly.”One additional family member who met with the women in Wellington is also isolating as they await test results, the ministry said.  

Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern, who has been praised for how she oversaw the eradication of the virus in New Zealand, said Tuesday that new cases are not unexpected. “What this does prove is the importance of a rigorous system at our border, of us continuing to be very, very cautious in our management and taking the cautious approach that we have continued to take as a government,” she told reporters. She also emphasized the importance of forcing all travelers to quarantine upon arrival and said that “compassionate leave” has been suspended in all circumstances.The women mark the first new COVID-19 cases in New Zealand in 24 days. PM Jacinda Ardern said her government will continue its “cautious approach” and “rigorous system” at its borders— CBS News (@CBSNews) June 16, 2020

The women are currently isolating in Wellington and are being monitored by officials. Officials said the women did not come into contact with anyone or use any public facilities during the journey. 

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After nearly a month with no reports of new cases, New Zealand is no longer coronavirus-free. The country lifted nearly all social and economic last week, but it maintains strict restrictions on entering the country. The cases bring New Zealand’s total confirmed positive cases to 1,506, according to Johns Hopkins University. Now, they’re the country’s first coronavirus cases in 24 days. COVID deaths by October

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One woman experienced mild symptoms, the other was symptom-free. Ashley Bloomfield said in a news release. The ministry is also implementing a contract tracing program to notify anyone who may have come in contact with the women during their travels. 
New Zealand now has two positive cases of coronavirus after announcing the virus was eliminated from the country last week. Two women traveled to New Zealand to see a dying relative. The women, whose names have not been released, are from the same family and had traveled to New Zealand from London through Australia last week.