Fresh Covid Case In New Zealand As It Prepares Travel Bubble
Umer Jamshaid 3 days ago Thu 08th April 2021 | 09:10 AM
Wellington, April 8 (UrduPoint / Pakistan Point News - 8th Apr, 2021 ) :New Zealand health officials confirmed a fresh community case of Covid-19 in Auckland Thursday, just two days after the country celebrated its largely virus-free status by approving a travel bubble with Australia.
There was no suggestion New Zealand's largest city would again be thrust into lockdown or the travel bubble plan revised.
But Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern immediately announced a temporary halt to travel into the country from India, the departure point for most infected arrivals in recent weeks, shutting out New Zealand nationals for the first time since the pandemic emerged.
He had not been vaccinated, but his only known contact outside the hotel was a co-worker who has received two doses of the vaccine, officials said.
The case highlighted the potential fragility of the travel opening, due to start on April 19 and which Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern has cautioned could be disrupted in the event of new Covid-19 outbreaks.
But authorities warned that future outbreaks could catch tourists on the wrong side of "the ditch", as locals call the Tasman Sea separating the neighbouring nations, potentially forcing them to undergo costly hotel quarantine on their return home.
"During this temporary suspension the government will investigate options to manage risk," she said.
"We have never previously suspended travel to New Zealand citizens and residents and that's why I want to assure you this is not a permanent arrangement."