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Tasmanian and New Zealand Health officials will meet on Wednesday to discuss any possible implications of a new coronavirus case at Auckland airport.

It comes only a day before the first direct flights between Hobart and Auckland begin again after 20 years.

The new COVID-19 case is a cleaner who was vaccinated and worked on planes coming from high risk areas.

But it's not expected any plans will change at this stage, with the first Air New Zealand flight due to touch down at about 11am on Thursday and the return service to left a few hours later.

“New Zealand Health authorities are interviewing the case to determine their close contacts in their household, workplace and other settings,” Tasmania's Director of Public Health Dr Mark Veitch said.

“There is no current expectation that these circumstances will affect the first flights between Auckland and Hobart on Thursday.”

All of the person's close contacts have so far returned negative results.

"The advice I have from the Chief Medical Officer who had been in a meeting with the medical expert panel (or AHPPC) is they're watching New Zealand but they have high confidence that New Zealand has this in chain," Federal Health Minister Greg Hunt said on Tuesday.  

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