QUARANTINE-FREE TRAVEL UPDATE
The Ministry of Health has confirmed that the public health risk to New Zealand remains low following further discussions with Victoria state health officials this evening.
At this stage, the Ministry’s recommendation is that Quarantine Free Travel between New Zealand and the state of Victoria can continue. No further community cases have been identified in Victoria.
Health officials in Victoria continue to undertake contact tracing relating to the case announced yesterday. All initial test results from contacts are negative.
There are no new cases of COVID-19 to report in the community in New Zealand today. There is one new case to report in a recent returnee in our managed isolation facilities, since the Ministry’s last update yesterday.
The seven-day rolling average of new cases detected at the border is two.
Two previously reported cases have now recovered. The total number of active cases in New Zealand today is 22.
Our total number of confirmed cases is 2,287.
Globally, there have been 158,651,638 confirmed cases of COVID-19, including 3,299,764 deaths, reported to WHO.
Since 1 January 2021, there have been 59 historical cases, out of a total of 471 cases.
The Ministry of Health’s current assessment is that the public health risk to New Zealand from the Melbourne community case announced today is low.
On that basis the Ministry does not at this stage recommend any change in Quarantine Free Travel between New Zealand and Victoria.
The Ministry’s current assessment is based on information provided by Victorian Health authorities that there is a likely link to the border through the recent time spent in managed isolation in South Australia, a limited period when the individual was in the community while
The pause on Quarantine-Free Travel between New South Wales and New Zealand will be lifted from 11:59pm tomorrow, Sunday 9 May (New Zealand time).
New Zealand health officials met today to conduct a further assessment of the public health risk from the recently identified COVID-19 community cases in Sydney. It has been determined that the risk to public health in New Zealand remains low.
The Ministry of Health is advising airlines that flights can resume from 11:59pm tomorrow (Sunday 9 May) subject to there being no further significant developments.
New Zealand remains in close contact with health authorities in New South Wales (NSW) as their investigation into the two cases of COVID-19 in the Sydney community continues.
As of this afternoon, no new locally acquired cases have been identified in NSW since the two cases were identified earlier this week. There is no further information on the epidemiological link between the community cases and the border case to whom they are genomically linked.
Information on the range of public health measures in place in NSW is available here: nsw.gov.au/covid-19/news-…
As a precautionary measure, Quarantine Free Travel from NSW to New Zealand was paused from 11:59pm last night and this pause remains in place.
The Government has announced that Quarantine-Free Travel from New South Wales to New Zealand will be paused while the source of infection of the two cases announced in Sydney in the last two days is investigated.
Whole genome sequencing has linked the case yesterday to a recent returnee who arrived in Australia from the United States. A household contact of yesterday’s case has today returned a positive test.
An epidemiological link has yet to be determined between yesterday’s case and the recent returnee.
Update on New South Wales community case.
The Ministry of Health’s current assessment is that the public health risk to New Zealand from the New South Wales community case announced today is low.
On that basis the Ministry does not at this stage recommend any change in Quarantine Free Travel between New Zealand and Australia. Information about locations of interest visited by the case is available on the New South Wales health website: health.nsw.gov.au/Infectious/cov…
Anyone in New Zealand who has been at any of the locations of interest at the specified times should contact Healthline on 0800 358 5453, self-isolate and be tested as soon as possible.
From 17 May, you can travel between New Zealand and the Cook Islands without having to go into managed isolation or self-isolation when you arrive.
Anyone in New Zealand can travel quarantine-free to the Cook Islands, as long as they meet the eligibility criteria and immigration requirements. New Zealand citizens do not need a visa to travel to the Cook Islands.
Quarantine-free travel between New Zealand and the Cook Islands does not include Australia. If you're in Australia, you must spend 14 full days in New Zealand before you can continue your journey through to the Cook Islands. The same rule applies in the opposite direction.
Ministry of Health officials have this evening been advised a worker at a Perth managed isolation facility has tested positive for COVID-19 as part of routine testing. Two of the person’s housemates have also tested positive.
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 while a further assessment is carried out, including a further assessment
and information from Australian health officials.
Western Australian health officials have determined a number of locations of interest, which are listed on its website.
The Ministry of Health has this evening been advised by Queensland health authorities of a change in classification for some passengers who flew from Brisbane to New Zealand on Thursday afternoon and evening New Zealand time.
While the health risk from the green zone breach event remains low, the Queensland authorities have advised New Zealand counterparts that those travellers who were in two locations of interest at specified times within the international terminal are casual plus contacts.
The two locations of interest are Hudson’s coffee stand and adjacent seating between 9.23am and 11.20am Thursday 29 April Queensland time, and the male toilet adjacent to Gate 79 between11.23am and 11.15pm when the toilet was cleaned.
A reported green zone breach at a Brisbane Airport café which may have involved passengers flying to New Zealand has prompted health authorities to advise passengers on arrival in New Zealand to monitor their health for the next 14 days.
The reported incident was in the Hudson Café in Brisbane airport where two individuals from a red zone country were in the café at the same time as green zone passengers. The risk has been assessed as low.
The Ministry understands the two red zone passengers returned negative results prior to departure from their home country. A second test result from swabs taken today has returned a weak positive for one test and a negative result for the other.