New Zealand airport workers test positive the day after the bubble opened


Aircraft landing in Auckland

Tasman’s travel bubble remains the same

Auckland airport workers tested positive for Covid-19 the day after New Zealand opened a mutual travel bubble with Australia.

However, the incident seems to have nothing to do with the travel bubble, and flights to Australia have not been interrupted.

Thousands of passengers flew between the two countries on Monday for the first time in over a year.

New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said the infected were cleaning planes from “high-risk countries.”

She told reporters that the workers were completely vaccinated, and Jab did not completely eliminate the risk of infection, but positive cases meant “not sick and never die.” Added.

Ms. Ardern said she had not yet spoken to Australian counterpart Scott Morrison, but did not expect the incident to affect travel arrangements between the two countries.

“When we opened, we of course knew that our border-related incidents would continue … we accept that it will be part of our journey. I think Australia will accept it, “she said.

The long-awaited travel bubble means that visitors no longer need to be quarantined on arrival.

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under New Zealand Government Guidelines for BubblesTravel arrangements will be suspended only if the cause of the Covid case is unknown.

If there are multiple cases of unknown origin and a blockade of the area is triggered in the affected area, the travel bubble will be suspended.

Both New Zealand and Australia have contained the Covid-19 outbreak and have been praised for their response to the pandemic.

Strict border control and snap lockdown are one of the measures to keep infection rates low.

910 people have died in Australia and 26 in New Zealand.

The two countries closed their borders in March 2020 and introduced quarantine for returning citizens.

Since October, travelers from New Zealand have been allowed to enter most Australian states without quarantine, but this was not repaid due to concerns about sporadic Covid outbreaks in Australia. ..

To fly under the new bubble rules, passengers must spend 14 days prior to departure in either Australia or New Zealand.

They should not wait for the results of the Covid test, among other criteria, and should not have Covid symptoms.