Published: Sun, May 02, 2021
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Flights to Western Australia to resume as Perth avoids lockdown

Flights to Western Australia to resume as Perth avoids lockdown

"We're effectively in a holding pattern and I hope we can avoid going back into lockdown".

There was no new case of COVID-19 in the wider New Zealand community, according to the ministry.

Health experts at the University of Otago said there were steps New Zealand could take to lower the risk of any potential quarantine breaches.

Flights between Western Australia and New Zealand can resume as early as Monday, health authorities have announced.

However, anyone who has been in Perth since April 27 who was at a location of interest must follow Western Australian government guidelines and can not travel to New Zealand until they undergo a 14-day quarantine period.

In addition, anyone who has been at a location of interest can not travel to New Zealand from Australia within 14 days of exposure.

The Ministry of Health carried out a rapid public health assessment on the impact for New Zealand last night and, after working with airlines, all direct passenger flights from Perth to New Zealand were paused.

The Ministry of Health advise that there are no new cases of COVID-19 to report in the community today.

The bubble, which followed months of negotiations between the largely coronavirus-free neighbors, was hailed as a major milestone in restarting a global travel industry that has been crippled by the COVID-19 pandemic.

Two of the man's close contacts have also tested positive.

Scheduled flights between WA and New Zealand have been cancelled, including a flight from Perth which had been due to land in Auckland at 5.50am on Sunday morning.

"As announced late last night, Western Australian health officials have advised a worker at a Perth managed isolation facility had tested positive for Covid-19, along with two of their housemates", said the ministry.

A worker at a managed isolation facility in the city and two people he shares accommodation with have tested positive, authorities said. However, he said a lockdown could be enforced if the situation changed.

If you have recently arrived in New Zealand from Australia and were in a location of interest at the specified time, please self-isolate immediately and call Healthline on 0800 358 5453 for information on when you should be tested.

A total of 397 passengers travelled to New Zealand aboard three flights from Brisbane Airport on Thursday.

Of those passengers, 27 people have confirmed they were in the locations of interest. Those people are considered casual plus contacts and have been asked to self-isolate and get tested five days after their exposure.

Health officials have assessed the risk as low.

Australia has all but stamped out community infections after closing its borders to non-citizens in March 2020, recording just 29,800 cases and 910 deaths.

One of the positive cases also attended cooking classes at the Perth College of Business and Technology last Tuesday and Wednesday.

Case 1001 lives in Nollamara, and during his potentially infectious period he lived with seven housemates.

Four previously reported cases have recovered, meaning the total number of active cases in New Zealand today is 24.

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