From tomorrow, Air New Zealand will require the use of face masks on all international flights to and from New Zealand.
The requirement comes as the Ministry of Health today says it is confident the Northland Covid-19 community case came directly from the Pullman Hotel and there is no missing link.
Air NZ says the mask rule came about as a result of updated overseas government border requirements and as a further proactive safety measure to prevent the spread of Covid-19
Air New Zealand chief operational integrity and safety officer David Morgan says the airline continues to proactively review operational processes to keep its customers, employees and New Zealand safe.
“Our customers are already required by law to wear masks inflight to a number of our destinations, so extending this mandate to the remainder of our network provides a further safeguard against any potential spread of the virus.”
In a press conference this afternoon, director-general of health Dr Ashley Bloomfield confirmed the strain of Covid-19 in the community case is the new South African variant.
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It was revealed yesterday that the new community case, a woman, tested positive for the virus after travelling widely in the region.
Earlier this morning minister for the Covid-19 response Chris Hipkins said the results for the woman’s husband and hairdresser have come back negative.