After 24 days New Zealand reported 2 new cases of coronavirus.
Both women had come from the UK, and special permission was granted to attend a parent’s funeral. Both are from the same family.
New Zealand lifted limits on the domestic lockdowns. Prime Minister Jacinda Arden has proclaimed the country free from viruses.
But the country has not lifted restrictions on the border.
Exemptions can be allowed. New Zealand ‘s Health Director-General said an “agreed strategy was in place as part of the approval process [including] the travel arrangements.”
The infected women, one in their 30s and one in their 40s, are coming from the UK via Doha and Brisbane to New Zealand on the 7th June. They were put into quarantine.
They were in Auckland quarantine and on 12 June they asked for an exemption to visit their parent.
One patient developed mild symptoms. The women both traveled in a private car to Wellington and did not use any public facilities during this journey. They stayed in Wellington, with a single family member. The participant is in solitary confinement.
Dr. Ashley Bloomfield, Health Director-General, said he called for “anyone who is eligible for humanitarian exemption [to be] screened and [to have] a satisfactory outcome” before release.