A second Auckland Airport worker with Covid-19 has the Omicron variant, the Ministry of Health has confirmed.
There are 41 new cases of Covid-19 at the border, and 43 in the community on Saturday.
Eight people are in hospital with the virus, however no one is in intensive care or high dependency units.
Whole genome sequencing has found a potential link between the Auckland Airport worker and returnees in Rotorua and Auckland.
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“This information will assist investigations to determine the source of infection,” the ministry’s statement read.
Thirty-two contacts of the second airport worker have been identified. About half have been tested, with 16 returning negative results.
Meanwhile, 76 people have been identified as contacts of the person who tested positive for Omicron in Palmerston North on Wednesday.
The person tested positive for Covid-19 three days after leaving an MIQ facility in Christchurch on January 16, where they had returned five negative tests.
Sixty-six of their contacts have returned negative Covid-19 test results, while contact tracers are still attempting to get in touch with two.
The flights include one shared by the nine cases and crew member, plus four other flights the crew member worked on.
Anyone who was on the following flights, who has not already been in touch with contact tracers, is asked to get tested and isolate at home.
- NZ 5083 Auckland to Nelson at 5.20 pm on January 16
- NZ 5080 Nelson to Auckland at 4 pm on January 19
- NZ 5077 Auckland to Nelson at 2pm on January 19
- NZ 5049 Auckland to New Plymouth at 7.50 pm on January 19
- NZ 5042 New Plymouth to Auckland at 1.50 pm on January 20.
To date, 96 per cent of the eligible population over the age of 12 have had at least one dose of the Covid vaccine, while 94 per cent have had two doses.
A total of 64,060 5 to 11-year-olds have received a paediatric dose since vaccinations for this age group began on Monday, with 12,388 receiving a jab on Friday.