17 Nov 2021

Covid-19 update: New Christchurch case confirmed today

5:56 pm on 17 November 2021

Cantabrians are being urged to get tested after a Covid-19 case who flew into Christchurch on Saturday was confirmed in the city today.

The Ministry of Health confirmed the case in a person who became symptomatic on Sunday and went for a test on Monday. It is linked to the Auckland cluster.

The person flew back to Christchurch on flight NZ1295 on Saturday after travelling to Auckland for an event.

Passengers on the flight are advised to monitor for symptoms for the next 10 days and get a test today.

The person lives in a household with six others. All are isolating and will be tested.

Canterbury DHB senior responsible officer for the COVID-19 response, Dr Helen Skinner, said anyone who had visited a location of interest, or was experiencing cold and flu symptoms, was asked to get tested.

People could call their GP to arrange a test or show up to one of the city's three community-based testing centres at Orchard Rd, the Whānau Ora Community Clinic and at Ashburton Hospital.

The centres would have increased testing capacity, with the Orchard Rd testing centre near Christchurch Airport able to remain open later than 4pm today if there was increased demand.

People can check if their GP can provide COVID-19 testing by calling them or via the Healthpoint website.

Meanwhile, anyone who is fully vaccinated can now request a vaccination pass, dubbed My Vaccine Pass.

Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern also announced today that all of New Zealand is expected to move into the traffic light system soon after 29 November, with the Auckland boundary opening up to vaccinated or tested people from 15 December.

See how the day's Covid-19 news unfolded with RNZ's live blog.

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