New Zealand health officials are confident of having contained a new outbreak of COVID-19 after identifying the virus in a maritime worker.
After weeks without a case of COVID-19 in the community, director general of heath Ashley Bloomfield has announced a man had returned a positive result for the virus on Saturday.
Dr Bloomfield said the man was tested on Friday within hours of developing symptoms, and had self isolated as a precaution.
"This is a case that shows our systems to identify cases early are working and we have a clear line of investigation into this person's infection," Dr Bloomfield said.
"This case has been caught early and the risk on onward transmission has been quickly contained."
The man worked on ships that have been in Auckland and Port Taranaki in New Plymouth.
Australian Associated Press