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NZ Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern says Australian coronavirus transmission too high for trans-Tasman travel bubble

August 6th, 2020 | | industry

New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern has dismissed the prospect of a trans-Tasman travel bubble with Australia starting “anytime soon”.

Key points:

  • NZ Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said it would take Australia “a long time” to return to zero community transmission
  • She also expressed sympathy for world leaders grappling with the COVID-19 crisis
  • Recent polling showed Ms Ardern’s popularity steady at 54 per cent

Speaking on NZ’s The AM Show on Monday morning, Ms Ardern said Australia’s coronavirus community transmission levels were too high to contemplate opening her nation to its citizens.

“One of the things we said as part of our criteria was that anywhere we have quarantine-free travel, they have to be free of community transmission for a period of time, 28 days,” she said.

“That is going to take a long time for Australia to get back to that place.”

Ms Ardern said it was “very hard to predict” when travel between the two countries might restart, but indicated it might be “on the backburner for … several months”.

“[Victorian Premier] Dan Andrews himself said they were looking like being in that position for months, which is why they’ve gone into their lockdown,” she said.

The NZ Prime Minister also expressed sympathy for world leaders grappling with the COVID-19 crisis.

“It is incredibly difficult,” she said. 

PM says trans-Tasman bubble still some time away

“I think there’s probably a bit of camaraderie amongst leaders because we’re all facing the challenges of economic downturn, a global financial crisis as a result, and the ongoing effects of managing the health response.”

After entering a lockdown on March 19, New Zealand lifted all domestic COVID-19 restrictions in early June.

Source: ABC

Sourced by Mike Barrow