Man travelling from Australia enters New Zealand while waiting for coronavirus test results
New Zealand's health chief says he is "disappointed" by a man with COVID-19 who travelled into the country from Australia while he was still awaiting coronavirus test results.
New Zealand's Ministry of Health said, as of Sunday afternoon, there were eight confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the country — up from six on Saturday — after two foreign travellers tested positive.
One of the new cases, a man in his 60s, arrived into Wellington from Brisbane on Air New Zealand flight NZ828 at 12:05am (local time) on Saturday.
Both the man and New Zealand health officials were informed that morning by his Australian doctor of his positive test result.
New Zealand Director General of Health Ashley Bloomfield said the man had symptoms when he was tested, but was asymptomatic when he arrived in New Zealand.
Dr Bloomfield said the man's case, alongside that of another woman from Denmark who also tested positive, was evidence that stricter border controls announced yesterday were justified.