Australia suspends travel bubble with New Zealand for 72 hours

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Sarah Peddie

Australia has closed the travel bubble arrangements with New Zealand after Covid-19 was detected in a woman after her isolation period. 

The South African variant of the virus was detected in the woman after she isolated for 14 days.

New Zealanders have been able to travel into Australia quarantine-free since October. 

Health authorities revealed that a 56-year-old Northland woman tested positive for the virus after isolating for 14 days after she arrived in New Zealand. 

She had returned two negative tests whilst she was isolated in her hotel stay and was then released on January 13 before travelling.

Health Minister Greg Hunt said on Monday (January 25) that the country would suspend the travel bubble with New Zealand for at least 72 hours.

All passengers from New Zealand with a flight in the next 72 hours are advised to reconsider their need to travel.

Greg Hunt said: “This will be done out of an abundance of caution whilst more is learnt about the event and the case.

“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.

“Anyone who has arrived in Australia on a flight from New Zealand on or since January 14 is asked to isolate and arrange to be tested and to remain in isolation until they have a negative test.”

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