Scramble to find sex worker with gang links over fears she has Covid – as New Zealand struggles to its contain Delta outbreak despite hard lockdowns
- New Zealand health authories are searching for a woman who may have Covid
- The woman travelled around Northland with a woman who has tested positive
- Pair, who are believed to be sex workers with gang links, travelled illegally
- New Zealand’s outbreak is growing with cases detected outside Auckland
- On Saturday the country recorded 34 new cases, taking national total to 1,527
New Zealand health authories are desperately searching for a woman who they fear may have Covid-19.
The woman has travelled around Northland, on the North Island, with another woman who has tested positive for the virus.
Both women, who are believed to be sex workers with gang links, travelled from Auckland, which is a hotspot, to Northland on October 2. They gained entry to Northland using false documents.
It comes as New Zealand’s Covid outbreak grows with 34 new community cases to reported on Saturday, with 31 in Auckland and three in Waikato.
There are now 1,527 cases linked to the Delta outbreak in New Zealand.
Both women, who are believed to be sex workers with gang links, travelled from Auckland (pictured), which is a hotspot, to Northland on October 2
The woman’s travel companion tested positive after returning Auckland.
She has been uncooperative with health authorities and contact tracers who are trying to find out where she has been, Stuff reported.
The region the pair tyravelled through was plunged into a level 3 lockdown on Friday night.
There are fear the woman at large has Covid as the pair spent a considerable amount of time together.
New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern’s (pictured) popularity is at risk after ongoing lockdowns and border closures failed to contain the nation’s Delta outbreak
The case comes as the outbreak worsens with cases spreading throughout New Zealand.
Auckland has been in strict lockdown for eight weeks in a bid to stop the spread of the virus.
However, in the past week cases have been detected in Hamilton and Raglan.