The employees reportedly flew in from Moscow by way of Singapore on Friday, and are amongst 440 fishermen from Russia and Ukraine at the moment quarantining in Christchurch’s Sudima Resort.
The entire males are believed to have examined damaging for the virus earlier than leaving their international locations. An extra 14 circumstances from throughout the group are additionally now “beneath investigation”, the nation’s Well being Ministry has stated.
The 11 new circumstances had been found throughout “routine” coronavirus testing and, consequently, the lodge was put into lockdown on Tuesday.
“All are imported circumstances detected at routine Day three testing. None contain circumstances in the neighborhood,” the Well being Ministry advised the New Zealand Herald.
The ministry stated the containment of the virus, to the lodge, was “an instance of our border controls working as they need to”.
“All related public well being measures are being taken. At services, strict an infection, prevention and management processes are adopted to minimise the danger to public and employees,” it added.
The federal government’s head of managed isolation and quarantine, Air Commodore Darryn Webb, stated the Sudima Resort was “effectively arrange” to include the Covid-19 circumstances.
“As a precaution, the ability has been locked down with company confined to their rooms whereas preparations for quarantining is undertaken,” he advised the Herald.
“Further safety and nursing employees will likely be deployed and a particular employees testing station will likely be established. That is to make sure safeguards are in place for workers and returnees.”
Three fishing corporations — Sealord, IFL and Maruha — chartered two flights to take the seamen to New Zealand final week. As a part of staff’ contracts, the businesses had agreed to pay for the usual 14-day lodge quarantine prices now wanted to realize entry to the nation.
The contemporary wave of circumstances comes days after Jacinda Adern, who has been internationally praised for her response to the pandemic, was re-elected as prime minister.
This isn’t the primary time New Zealand has skilled a prolonged break from coronavirus circumstances, solely to be left disillusioned by new spikes. Following a earlier 102-day streak of zero neighborhood transmission, the nation was hit by outbreaks in August and September.
Thus far, New Zealand has reported 1,887 coronavirus circumstances — together with 25 deaths. It has been hailed because the world’s finest instance within the combat towards the virus.