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Australia abruptly stops travel bubble with New Zealand

Australia abruptly stops travel bubble with New Zealand”

New Zealand Prime Minsiter Jacinda Ardern on Sunday announced a three-day lockdown in the country's biggest city Auckland, after three new local COVID-19 cases were reported.

The New Zealand government imposed a lockdown for three days in the country's largest city Auckland from midnight Sunday after the discovery of coronavirus infections in a family.

The remainder of New Zealand will move to alert Level 2, requiring all residents to wear masks on public transport and limit all gatherings to a maximum of 100 people.

"New Zealand has kept COVID-19 contained better than nearly any other country", Hipkins said.

The Ministry said in this afternoon's update the results of genomic sequencing for the first two Auckland February cases had confirmed the Covid-19 variant B1.1.7, first detected in the UK.

"There are five cases of COVID-19 in managed isolation, one of which is historical".

The woman and her daughter tested positive yesterday before the father returned a positive sample today.

The states will work to identify those who have recently arrived in Australia from New Zealand and assess their risk of transmitting coronavirus, the Department of Health said.

Health authorities say it is too early to tell if Victoria's snap lockdown has worked as new cases emerge from a family function in Melbourne's north.

More news: New Zealand reports three new COVID-19 local cases, first since January

The Ministry said the result reinforced the decision to take swift and robust action around the latest cases to detect and stamp out the possibility of any further transmission. A fourth family member was experiencing symptoms but had tested negative for the virus.

The mother works at LSG Sky Chefs, officials said, handling laundry from global flights.

This lockdown has kept the virus at bay for the most part, allowing New Zealand residents to enjoy their freedoms.

Police officers are checking all vehicles arriving and leaving Auckland to ensure there is no non-essential travel.

The rest of the country is shifting to a higher, second level of alert, which means that schools and businesses will remain open, but that people will be asked to find alternative ways of working if possible.

Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern told Newstalk ZB's Mike Hosking today the link to the British variant had led officials to think the virus might have come through airport transit or it had stemmed from an worldwide airline crew member.

One is that the virus came from a transit passenger, while another is that it came from worldwide aircrew, who in some cases have their uniforms cleaned at the facility where the infected woman works, she told Radio New Zealand Monday.

Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews said he spoke to Ms Ardern about a flight that arrived in Victoria from New Zealand on Sunday with 152 people on board.

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