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There is a clear link to the border as a source of infection in a worker at Auckland Airport who today tested positive for Covid-19, according to the Ministry of Health.

Both New Zealand and Australia have contained Covid-19 outbreaks and have won praise for their handling of the pandemic.

Getting the vaccine does not mean people won't get Covid-19, she said.

"[It] means it is still possible to get Covid, but it won't make you almost as sick or likely to experience, potentially, some of the disastrous consequences we have seen overseas".

A border worker has tested positive for coronavirus in New Zealand, a day after the trans-Tasman bubble with Australia opened. It said there was also one historical case.

"These are the kinds of scenarios where we would anticipate movement continuing".

A border worker has tested positive for Covid-19.

The case was detected in a worker who had been cleaning the interiors of aircraft used to transport people from high-risk countries into New Zealand, some of whom have COVID. "So you can see those protocols there, working as we would intend", Ms Ardern said just moments ago.

Ms Ardern said she had not yet spoken to her Australian counterpart Scott Morrison yet, but that she didn't expect the case to affect the travel arrangement between the two countries.

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'We accept that's going to be part of our journey together.

New Zealand's Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said the border worker was fully vaccinated "early on" in the country's vaccine rollout.

The person was tested on April 12, as part of routine testing, and produced a negative result.

"This person has done the right things - they have been regularly tested at their workplace, and we know they have been using the NZ COVID Tracer app, with Bluetooth turned on".

"The usual protocol of isolating the case, interviewing them, and tracing their contacts and movements is underway".

Jane Halton, a commissioner on Australia's COVID-19 advisory board and a former health and finance minister, told DW how important the reopening of travel between New Zealand and Australia was.

Their work at Auckland Airport is their sole employment, and their role is non-public facing.

New Zealand's Ministry of Health announced the new case on Tuesday afternoon (NZST), just a day after New Zealand dropped quarantine requirements for Australian travellers.

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