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Man with coronavirus attended Tool concert on Friday

He was standing front left in GA.
25 August 2022 2:05PM

We know a lot of you went to the Tool concert at Spark Arena on Friday, as did we. Turns out, a lad that has tested positive for coronavirus was there too, and he may of been infectious at the time.

He was standing in the GA standing area.

Director-General of Health Dr Ashley Bloomfield says all people in the GA standing area should be aware of the COVId-19 symptoms. They are causal contacts, rather than close contacts.

He believes the risk is very low for all other people who attended the concert. 

The man is at home in isolation alongside his wife. They returned from northern Italy last week. The woman had a return trip to Palmerston North and visited two medical centres - one being Westgate Medical Centre.

Dr Bloomfield said anyone who may have attended a medical centre and is considered to be at risk will be contacted by officials. 

There have been 212 negative tests and four positive tests. Several are currently underway. One is the father of the person confirmed to have coronavirus on Thursday. The father, who recently returned from Iran, is believed to have given the illness to the man in his 40s. Even if the test comes back as negative, the father will still be considered a "probable case".

"There have also been questions around naming other places of interest linked to cases, such as employers. We would name these places if a wider public health risk was determined. In the cases to date, employers are being advised directly by local public health officials over the appropriate actions they may need to take," said Dr Bloomfield.

"The Ministries of Health and Education continue their support for students and schools linked to confirmed cases. All students identified as close contacts of confirmed cases are at home in isolation. They have no symptoms.We do not believe there is currently any risk to students or staff in any of the schools."