Green zone travel bubble with New Zealand suspended out of 'an abundance of caution': Hunt |
Green zone travel bubble with New Zealand suspended out of 'an abundance of caution': Hunt
Australia has immediately suspended its green zone travel bubble with New Zealand out of an “abundance of caution,” says Health Minister Greg Hunt.
The green zone travel bubble has been suspended for at least 72 hours following a recent “significant” COVID-19 case of concern in New Zealand.
The case regards the contagious South African variant of the virus.
“The Australian government has received advice from the Australian Health Protection Principal Committee of a significant case of concern in New Zealand, regarding the South African variant,” Mr Hunt said.
“Out of an abundance of caution the AHPPC has recommended to the government – and the government has immediately accepted and implemented the advice”.
“The impact of that is it is recommended all passengers from New Zealand with a green safe travel zone flight scheduled in the next 72 hours, reconsider their need to travel.
“They will as a consequence have to go into hotel quarantine, or such other arrangements as individual states may implement, for up to 14 days, but for a minimum of 72 hours and to have a test.
“And anyone who has arrived in Australia on a flight from New Zealand on, or since, January the 14th is asked to isolate and arrange to be tested and to remain in isolation until they have a negative test.
“This has been taken on the basis of strong, clear, immediate medical advice from the AHPPC, immediately considered in the Cabinet arrangements, and accepted by the Prime Minister and the government of Australia,” Mr Hunt said.