Third defence force worker contracts Covid-19 after having lunch with colleague at Wellington restaurant

A third person, a civilian with the New Zealand Defence Force, has contracted coronavirus.

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It comes after a third case is now connected to the cluster, who dined at the restaurant on November 6. Source: 1 NEWS

At an impromptu media stand up today, Director General of Health, Dr Ashley Bloomfield said there are now three people connected to the November quarantine cluster Cases A, B and C - all NZDF employees.

This latest infected person - Case C - dined at a central Wellington restaurant with a person (Case B) who contracted Covid-19 from an enlisted colleague in Auckland who worked at a managed isolation facility (Case A). 

Case A and B had a meeting together on Wednesday last week before case B travelled back home from Auckland to Wellington.

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A person with Covid-19 visited Little Penang in Te Aro on November 6. Source: 1 NEWS

Today’s new case C was part of a lunch outing with case B at Little Penang Restaurant in Wellington on Friday.

Dr Bloomfield said case C is a civilian New Zealand Defence worker and a close contact of case B.

Case C developed symptoms on Saturday, and isolated at home after having a Covid test. This test returned negative however, they were moved to quarantine as a precaution on Tuesday. A subsequent test yesterday returned a positive result.

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Push notifications were sent out on Sunday for Little Penang The Terrace, visited by Case B and Case C. Anyone who visited the restaurant between 1pm and 4pm on Friday should have a test if they feel symptomatic.

Household contacts for Case C are in isolation and have returned negative results.

All identified close contacts of the new case are isolating.

All close contacts of Case B, other than Case C, have returned a negative test result.

Dr Bloomfield said today he is urging anyone who visited Little Penang last Friday to be aware of symptoms and isolate and have a test if they get sick. 

"Our thoughts are with these three and our other people who have Covid-19 infections," Dr Bloomfield said.