Sydney Man's Surprise Case Prompts New Restrictions

The pause to the transtasman bubble is only for flights from NSW and it started from midnight

The pause to the transtasman bubble is only for flights from NSW and it started from midnight last night. File

One person has been transferred to a managed isolation facility in Christchurch after Australian authorities identified them as a contact of someone with Covid-19 in Sydney.

Yet health authorities say they are "concerned" over the "very low" number of check ins at a restaurant in Sydney's CBD identified as an exposure site.

Prospective travellers will need to return a negative COVID-19 test, and will be required to undertake the standard 14-day hotel quarantine imposed on incoming travellers.

The cases, a man and his wife from Sydney's Eastern Suburbs, are genomically matched to a returned traveller from the U.S. in hotel quarantine.

Chris Hipkins
Covid-19 Response Minister Chris Hipkins

Today the ministry said New Zealand officials remained in contact with their Australian counterparts after the confirmation of two positive cases of Covid-19 in Sydney.

NSW has recorded zero new local COVID-19 cases, with Premier Gladys Berejiklian saying she's "pleased" with the state of the current outbreak.

Covid-19 Response Minister Chris Hipkins said the risk was low, even though about 6000 people have flown into New Zealand from NSW since the cases in Sydney emerged.

A further update on the NSW travel pause will be released by the Ministry of Health tomorrow.

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Mr Morrison said it was a hard decision to make and acknowledged his government would be criticised. This was a necessary step to ensure that we can help more Australian citizens, he said.

Information about locations of interest visited by the cases was available on the NSW health website.

The pause to the transtasman bubble is only for flights from NSW, and it started from midnight last night.

"There are a few red flags - the obvious one being no clear epidemiological link to the border (case)".

The measures include mandatory masks in indoor settings and public transport, a 20-person cap on indoor gatherings and a ban on most singing and dancing.

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The latest case came from the United Arab Emirates and arrived here on April 24.

She was happy with how quickly New Zealand was informed of the NSW case and the level of engagement with NSW health officials. The person tested positive on day 12 during routine testing at an Auckland managed isolation facility.

"We do acknowledge this has the potential to disrupt people's travel".

He urged them to isolate and call Healthline on 0800 358 5453 if they've been to the NSW locations of interest.

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