Fresh COVID case puts New Zealand-Australia travel bubble at risk

Fresh COVID case puts New Zealand-Australia travel bubble at risk

Premier Mark McGowan says Western Australia will continue to use snap lockdowns to "crush and kill" coronavirus outbreaks as the state prepares to ease some restrictions.

Anyone who has arrived from Perth in recent days is being asked to check locations of interest of the latest cases, and monitor their health.

New Zealand's tourism industry was its biggest export industry before COVID-19, with Australians accounting for about 40 percent of the global visitors.

But New Zealand health ministry officials said they had conducted a "rapid" assessment and had "determined scheduled direct flights from Western Australia to New Zealand should be immediately paused while a further assessment is carried out".

Western Australia Premier Mark McGowan said he wanted to avoid a lockdown for Perth after there were no new cases on Sunday. The ministry has contacted all but two of the 397 people.

The total number of confirmed cases in new Zealand since the pandemic began remains at 2262.

An Air NZ flight and a Singapore Airlines flight from Perth were both cancelled overnight, after revelations a security guard had tested positive at a Perth MIQ facility.

"The game will still go on and of course people can watch it from their own homes stop the decision to have no crowd at the stadium also helps us in preventing possible transmission on public transport", he said.

Meanwhile, the Ministry of Health provided an update today on the April 29 Brisbane International Airport green zone breach, where two red zone passengers used spaces reserved for green zone passengers.

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A hotel quarantine security guard and two of his housemates tested positive for Covid-19 in Perth on Saturday.

Four new cases of Covid-19 have been detected at the border, with one case being identified as historical and considered not infectious.

The ministry said Western Australia health officials were meeting to decide whether they would implement further restrictions or a full lockdown.

Two others cases arrived in the country from Qatar via Australia on April 27, where they tested positive on day three.

To date 27 people have got in touch with Healthline to say they were in the locations of interest at the relevant time. Those people are considered casual plus contacts and have been asked to self-isolate and get tested five days after their exposure.

"While the public health risk is deemed low, we must all remain vigilant as we enjoy the opportunities Quarantine-Free Travel has given us".

The most notable breach of hotel quarantine was in Victoria with a second wave sparking an extensive 112-day lockdown which resulted in around 800 deaths.

One of the food delivery workers also attended cooking classes at the Perth College of Business and Technology on April 27 and 28, Mr McGowan said.

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