NZ man with coronavirus attended packed rock concert

Rock fan with coronavirus attended Tool concert alongside thousands of other people in New Zealand after returning from Italy

  • The man in his 30s was among thousands at the February 28 concert in Auckland
  • He and his partner, also a virus patient, had recently travelled to northern Italy 
  • Guests in his standing area have been urged to check for coronavirus symptoms 

A coronavirus patient in New Zealand was today revealed to have attended a rock concert packed with thousands of other people.

Health authorities said the man in his 30s attended the Tool concert at Spark Arena in Auckland on February 28.

The patient is the partner of a woman who was also confirmed to have the COVID-19 disease this week. 

The rock concert in New Zealand’s largest city was packed to capacity for two days last week.

A coronavirus patient in New Zealand was today revealed to have attended a Tool concert (pictured: Tool frontman Maynard James Keenan) packed with thousands of other people

‘He was in the general admission standing area in the front left-hand quadrant,’ Ministry of Health director-general of health Dr Ashley Bloomfield said at a news conference. 

‘We encourage people who were in the general admission standing area to be aware of symptoms of COVID-19.’

Bloomfield said the risk is low for all others who attended this concert. The man has been isolated at home since Wednesday.

The man and his partner had recently arrived back in the country from northern Italy.

New Zealand so far has four confirmed cases of SARS-CoV-2, a much smaller number than Australia. 

In Australia, 60 cases have been recorded and two elderly people have died of complications from the virus.

New Zealand has extended its travel restrictions for people arriving from China and Iran, in an effort to contain the outbreak of the virus.

The virus emerged in China late last year and has now spread to more than 80 countries, leading to travel and other restrictions. 

It has killed more than 3,300 people and infected over 96,500.

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