Coronavirus: First new COVID-19 cases in New Zealand for 24 days came from UK

The pair, from the same family, flew to Auckland from London to visit a dying parent, then drove almost 400 miles to Wellington. Airline staff and passengers on the women’s fights are being tested for coronavirus, as are people at their quarantined hotel in Auckland, as well as a family member they met in Wellington. Watch the video below On Tuesday, director-general of health, Dr Ashley Bloomfield, said that, in future, anyone requesting compassionate exemption from quarantine must return a negative test before being allowed to travel. Dr Bloomfield said: “They had no contact with anybody else during that trip.” Earlier this week, New Zealand prime minister Jacinda Ardern said she was wary of declaring the country “COVID-free”, and warned that new cases could arise as its citizens returned home.