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Two women who traveled from the UK to New Zealand earlier this month tested positive for the coronavirus on Tuesday, becoming New Zealand’s first new infections in 24 days.
The arrivals had been allowed to leave isolation four days early to travel around the country, under an established compassionate exemption, to visit a dying relative.
Health officials said the arrivals had not been tested for the coronavirus before leaving isolation, despite new rules saying they should be tested on the third and 12th days of isolation.
New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern called the episode “an unacceptable failure of the system,” and put the military in charge of border quarantine processes.
Health officials are now scrambling to trace 320 close contacts of the pair, according to The Guardian.
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New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern has called the decision to allow two arrivals from the UK travel the country without being tested for COVID-19 “an unacceptable failure of the system,” and put the military in charge of quarantining people at the border from now on.
Two women who traveled from the UK to New Zealand earlier this month tested positive on Tuesday, marking the country’s first new infections in 24 days. Ardern had announced last week that the country had eliminated the coronavirus.See the rest of the story at Business Insider
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