The New Zealand Department of Health has confirmed that non-quarantine travel with New South Wales will continue. Photo / AP
New Zealand’s travel bubble with New South Wales will remain open – despite three new community cases reported in the Australian state in the past 24 hours.
Department of Health director of public health Dr Caroline McElnay said New Zealand health officials met today to assess the public health risk posed by recent community cases of Covid -19 in Sydney.
“It has been determined that at present the risk to public health in New Zealand remains low,” she said.
Health officials were reviewing details of three community cases confirmed in NSW in the past 24 hours and a fourth case under investigation.
Many sites of interest have been identified in the Australian state.
The Department of Health was also contacting people who had traveled from Sydney to New Zealand since June 11, advising them to check places of interest and monitor themselves for symptoms of the virus.
Anyone who has developed symptoms should self-isolate and get tested.
People in Australia who were at a place of interest at the specified time must follow the advice of the state government for isolation and testing, and cannot travel to New Zealand within 14 days following their arrival at the place of interest.
McElnay said the department was taking a cautious approach as investigations continued and non-quarantined trips to NSW would be constantly reviewed.
Kiwi health officials were monitoring a range of factors – including whether new cases are identified and Covid-19 test results from contacts and the wider Sydney community.
“Border controls are a key tool in stopping the introduction and spread of new cases from abroad and remain central to our elimination strategy,” said McElnay.
“We remain in close contact with NSW health officials and will continue to monitor the situation closely. Updates will be provided if this latter advice changes.”
It comes after New Zealand health officials extended a travel break with Victoria for an additional five days – as the number of cases associated with the outbreak in the greater Melbourne area has reached 100.
The break was originally in place until 11.59pm tonight, but Covid-19 Response Minister Chris Hipkins said a short extension until 11.59pm on Tuesday was “consistent with our precautionary approach “.
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This notice was published: 2021-06-17 06:47:17