A new coronavirus outbreak in the United States has led New Zealand’s government to ban visitors from the Pacific island nation from the next three days.
The move follows the discovery of a coronaviruses-positive strain of the virus in New Zealand on Sunday, and the spread of the new coronovirus in the U.S. as health authorities warn more than 300 people have tested positive for the virus.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said on Wednesday that it had found a “highly likely” connection between the coronaviral strain and an American tourist who died on Maui, the largest of the five Hawaiian islands.
It said a man who had visited the islands in June, and who had traveled to the United Kingdom, died on Monday.
He was aged 43.
New Zealand’s Prime Minister John Key said that a health worker who visited Maui on June 3 had tested positive and had been tested by the New Zealand coronavira surveillance system.
He said he had contacted the man’s family and asked them to ensure the family had information about his health.
“We are in the process of speaking to his family and will have a clearer picture of his health later in the week,” Key said.
The man died on Sunday.