A pause has been positioned on the journey bubble between New Zealand and New South Wales.
Quarantine free journey from New South Wales to New Zealand might be paused from midnight tonight and the maintain might be in place for not less than 72 hours.
The minister for the Covid-19 response, Chris Hipkins stated there have been 10 new group instances of the virus in Sydney, and the supply of these infections wanted to be totally investigated earlier than journey resumed.
He stated a public well being evaluation had decided the chance to the New Zealand public stays low, however there are nonetheless a number of unknowns.
Minister Hipkins says the federal government was taking a precautionary method and the choice can be reviewed on Thursday.
Quarantine-Free Journey from New South Wales to New Zealand might be paused for 72 hours from 11.59pm tonight (New Zealand time). As with earlier pauses, it is going to be beneath fixed overview. pic.twitter.com/yLDTmYi3uY
— Unite in opposition to COVID-19 (@covid19nz) June 22, 2021
Main epidemiologist Michael Baker stated the choice to pause the journey bubble was not a shock after at the moment’s replace from NSW authorities.
“I feel plenty of elements which were recognized by the federal government have actually tipped the nation in favour of the suspension, and that’s the truth that there is two instances the place the supply shouldn’t be recognized, they have been locally and there may very well be different instances linked to them – and in addition in fact, it is the extra infectious Delta variant.”
Professor Baker stated the brand new pressure is about twice as infectious as the unique and was proving more durable for international locations to maintain beneath management.
New arrivals from Sydney who might have been uncovered requested to isolate
Anybody who had been in Sydney since 11 June ought to hold doing common checks on updates being posted on the NSW Well being web site, as new places of danger had been nonetheless being added, a NZ authorities Unite Towards Covid-19 alert stated.
Individuals who had been on the places of curiosity throughout the occasions listed ought to name Healthline, and isolate themselves till they are often examined for Covid-19 after which return a unfavourable consequence.
They might additionally not be allowed to journey to New Zealand inside 14 days of being at any of the in danger places of curiosity, even when the journey bubble is restored.
Whereas the general danger to well being for New Zealand presently stays low, the evaluation discovered a number of unknowns had arisen, together with the rising variety of places of curiosity locally visited by individuals who later examined optimistic, and other people not linked to different instances.
The places warnings had been issued for included Westfield Bondi Junction (together with the automotive park)
Sydney Cluster will increase to 21
The NSW cluster now has 21 instances linked to it.
Right now the NSW introduced prolonged restrictions to reply to the rise in instances, together with masks required for these utilizing public transport in additional areas, and persevering with restrictions on indoor venues.
Not less than six of the brand new NSW instances had been family contacts of earlier instances who had been in isolation.
Among the many new instances was a main school-aged pupil who has not been linked to a recognized cluster. They’re a pupil at St Charles Catholic Main College in Waverley, in Sydney’s japanese suburbs.
Not less than 16 individuals who have since travelled to New Zealand have reported that they had been at a number of the places of curiosity in Sydney.