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New Zealand is fully closing the trans-Tasman travel bubble with Australia for at least three days following the worsening COVID-19 outbreak in Sydney and other areas of Australia. It says quarantine free travel from all Australian states and territories will be paused until 11.59pm (NZT) on Tuesday, June 29. NZ COVID-19 Response Minister Chris Hipkins says the decision will be reviewed on Monday. He said New Zealand would consider implementing of a range of measures to make the bubble safer, such as pre-departure testing for all flights from Australia. “I acknowledge the frustration and inconvenience that comes with this pause, but given the high level of transmissibility of what appears to be the Delta variant, and the fact that there are now multiple community clusters, it is the right thing to do to keep COVID-19 out of New Zealand,” Mr Hipkins said in a statement on Saturday night More than five million people in Sydney and its surrounds have gone into a 14-day lockdown as health authorities try to regain control of a coronavirus outbreak that has ballooned to 80 cases. NZ officials had already closed the trans-Tasman bubble to NSW until July 7 at the earliest. Since opening in mid-April, the bubble has been partially closed for more than half the time, but this is the first full closure. On Friday, NZ Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern postponed a visit to Australia next month due to the worsening COVID environment. Ms Ardern was to visit a number of states – including NSW – in the first week of July on a trade and tourism effort. She has not left New Zealand since the onset of COVID-19. Australian Associated Press


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