29 Sep 2021

Covid-19: Associate Minister on Tauranga wastewater

From Morning Report, 7:21 am on 29 September 2021

The Associate Minister of Health is not aware of any recovered cases from the delta outbreak having travelled to Bay of Plenty.

Covid-19 was detected in a wastewater sample collected last Thursday in Tauranga.

Dr Ayesha Verrall told Morning Report it could be a new incursion, or it could be something else and anyone in Bay of Plenty with symptoms should get a test.

"There have been instances of false positives in wastewater, so we just need to take a cautious approach for people who have symptoms should get tested."

Further samples have been taken and results are expected tomorrow.

It could be a recovered case still shedding the virus, or an undetected acute case.