Flights from Western Australia have been halted by the New Zealand government after three new coronavirus cases were discovered in Perth.
“Ministry of Health officials have temporarily paused direct flights from Western Australia to New Zealand following new positive COVID-19 cases in Perth,” a New Zealand health ministry update said.
“Ministry officials have conducted a rapid public health assessment for New Zealand, and have determined scheduled direct flights from Western Australia to New Zealand should be immediately paused.”
WA Premier Mark McGowan said a full lockdown of the city was not required at this stage but a decision could made on Sunday.
COVID-19 has been detected in two of the seven people staying with the man who worked at the Pan Pacific Hotel.
WA Premier Mark McGowan said that a full city lockdown was not necessary at this time, but that a decision could be taken on Sunday.
“Our restrictions in place, our use of masks and the ability of our contact tracers and testing, gives us the ability to hold on a lockdown decision this afternoon,” he said.
“We’re effectively in a holding pattern and I hope we can avoid going back into lockdown.
“But if we need to, that is what we’ll do.”
On April 19, a travel bubble was established between Australia and New Zealand, allowing Australians to cross the Tasman without having to go through quarantine.
However, New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern warned that if an outbreak occurs, travel could be disrupted.
Source: ABC World News