Sunday , June 13 2021

Possible historic Hawke’s Bay Covid-19 case discovered in Japan

A child tested positive for Covid-19 in Japan after flying from Hawke's Bay


A child tested positive for Covid-19 in Japan after flying from Hawke’s Bay

One child tested positive for Covid-19 in Japan after leaving Hawke’s Bay in a suspected historical case or potential false positive of the virus.

The child tested negative for Covid-19 before leaving New Zealand.

Although the situation is considered low risk and is under investigation in Japan, Hawke’s Bay medical officer, Dr. Nick Jones, has alerted a Napier daycare center about the situation.

The Hawke’s Bay District Health Council informed the parents of children attending the center that all family members, including the child, had negative results before leaving New Zealand.

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Jones expected to have more test results in 48 hours.

Several close relatives who remain in New Zealand have been isolated and tested and all have returned negative results.

The child was on a flight from Napier to Auckland, Air NZ flight NZ5018, on Thursday, October 22. Anyone on that flight should be alert for symptoms and be tested if they develop.

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