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New Zealand extends suspension of travel bubble with Australia

New Zealand extends suspension of travel bubble with Australia

Sydney Airport (Photo: Reuters)

New Zealand announced this Friday that it would suspend the air travel bubble with Australia for another eight weeks due to an increase in Covit-19 cases in the neighboring country., Where half the population is defined.

New Zealand, which closed its borders in March 2020, a Bubble with Australia, thereby allowing the movement of its citizens without isolationBut it was suspended from July 23 to September 24 due to a health crisis in Australia.

New Zealand COVID-19 Response Minister, Chris Hipkins, Explained This result will be reviewed from mid-November “Give more time to increase our vaccination rates” and the spacecraft returning to that location will be maintained.

New Zealand Public Service Minister Chris Hipkins (Photo: Reuters)
New Zealand Public Service Minister Chris Hipkins (Photo: Reuters)

Measurement provides it New Zealanders stranded in Australia can stay in an additional 3,000 isolated rooms upon return Is mandatory.

New Zealand has managed the entire schedule of vaccination as a strategy to eliminate COVID-19. 37% of the adult population over 5 million It also plans to reopen its borders in 2022.

The country, which has limited the densely populated city of Auckland since the delta variation erupted in mid-August, reported this Friday There have been 11 local infections and accumulation of more than 4,000 infections since the onset of the epidemic, including 27 deaths and nearly 500 active cases.

Passengers wearing safety masks travel by bus via central Sydney (Photo: Reuters)
Passengers wearing safety masks travel by bus via central Sydney (Photo: Reuters)

On your side, Australia regularly reports more than 2,000 community infections per week Although he limited the inhabitants of the cities Chutney, Melbourne, Canberra And spreading to other rural areas of the country Delta variation From the middle of the year.

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According to the National Plan, announced at the end of July, Australia forecasts, 70% of the population is fully vaccinated and gradually returns to normal, As well as reopening its international borders, by the end of the year, with 80 per cent.

This Friday, the New South Wales government announced that its capital, Sydney, would launch it The pilot program at the end of the month so Australians can be isolated at home rather than in locking centers Appointed for these purposes.

(With information from EFE)

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