The border-related Omicron case who has been active in the community in Auckland is a chart topping international DJ who recently arrived New Zealand.
The DJ is Dimension, aka Robert Etheridge, a UK electronic music artist.
He arrived in New Zealand on December 16, and returned three negative tests before testing positive on December 27 – the result of a day 9 test.
Dimension was due to headline the Rhythm & Alps music festival, but was pulled from the line-up, along with DJ Friction, on Wednesday night “due to the ongoing impacts of Covid-19”.
DJ Friction, who played at Hidden Lakes Festival in Christchurch’s Hagley Park on Tuesday night, is a close contact and is isolating.
Four days ago, Dimenson posted a photo of himself by the sea, saying “Merry Christmas from New Zealand”.
He thanked his followers for “an amazing year” that saw his album top the UK dance charts.
Covid-19 Response Minister Chris Hipkins will address the country on the situation at 11am on Thursday, however there are no plans to change any settings at this point said a government spokesman.
This comes after the Ministry of Health announced on Wednesday that a case detected at the border with the variant had “briefly been active in the community”.
The case arrived from the United Kingdom via Doha on December 16 and tested positive on day nine in their self-isolation period.
The Ministry of Health confirmed the case is not a New Zealand citizen but is fully vaccinated.
The person received their day nine test result on December 27 and was immediately transferred to an Auckland MIQ facility.
They were active between December 26 and 27, visiting five locations of interest in Auckland, including central city nightclub Impala and Commercial Bay Precinct.
International travellers arriving into New Zealand are required to isolate in managed isolation for seven days before self-isolating for three days at their home.
Ministry of Health is now investigating the source of the infection and identifying close contacts.
Close contacts who have been identified and tested have returned a negative result for the virus and is isolating.
“We are taking this situation seriously and taking a precautionary approach,” said a Ministry of Health spokeswoman.
“However, we do not believe that the individual was highly infectious at the time of the above exposure events,” she said.
Ministry of Health is advising Aucklanders to check the locations of interest regularly and follow the advice given.
Locations of interest in Auckland
- Impala, December 26-27, 11pm-3am
- Commercial Bay Precinct, December 26, 2.30-4.30pm and 6.30-8pm
- Sunny Town restaurant, December 26, 2.30-4.30pm
- Partridge Jewellers, Queen St, December 26, 3.30-6pm
- Ahi Restaurant, December 26, 6.30-8pm
- Soul Bar, December 26-27, 9.30pm-3am