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3.3.2020

Passenger on Bali Auckland Flight on 26 February confirmed with COVID-19      

A passenger who flew from Tehran to Auckland through Dubai and Bali has been confirmed with COVID-19 and is now in isolation in Auckland City Hospital.

The woman travelled from Bali to Auckland on Emirates flight EK450 arriving at 5.25am on Wednesday 26 February.  Auckland Regional Public Health Service (ARPHS) will be contacting passengers in rows close to the person now diagnosed with the virus.

The Ministry of Health will be communicating with other international health agencies for passengers exposed on the other legs – Tehran to Dubai and Dubai to Bali.

Passengers in Row 37 – 40 on EK 450 arriving 26 Feb

ARPHS will be in contact with people in these rows who were close to this passenger, using details from flight arrival cards. People in these rows are considered close contacts, and will be asked to go into self-isolation for 14 days. Passengers in these rows can also ring ARPHS on 09 623 4600. Advice on self-isolation and a fact sheet for close contacts are available on the ARPHS website.

Public Health staff will check these passengers regularly for symptoms such as fever, cough and difficulty breathing.

Passengers elsewhere on the flight

Everyone on board should keep an eye out for the symptoms, but remember that there are a lot of diseases that you can catch overseas. There is advice for casual contacts, people who have been in the same space as someone with the virus, but not in face to face contact.

If passengers do become unwell, they should phone Healthline on 0800 358 5453 and tell the staff they may have been exposed on this flight.

Airport staff who processed this flight

You are not considered at risk from this case. If you would like more information on COVID-19, please check our resources here or call Healthline on 0800 358 5453 or see the Auckland Regional Public Health Service COVID-19 page.

FOR NOTIFICATIONS OR QUERIES, CALL US ON 09 623 4600