A positive case of COVID-19 has been found on Waiheke Island.
It is the first case of COVID to be found outside of the mainland of New Zealand.
Handley said the case had come as a “shock” but not a surprise, given the number of cases in the Auckland region.
Auckland public health officials have interviewed the person and it looks like the person has followed all precautions. There were limited exposure events, and no locations of interest on the island had been identified so far.
It is believed that the person is a close contact of an existing case in Auckland.
Currently, 86 per cent of the population (8375 people) on Waiheke Island have had at least one dose of the vaccination, and 70 per cent who were fully vaccinated.