New Zealand-Australia Travel Bubble Suspended

All travels between New Zealand and Western Australia were suspended due to the COVID-19 outbreak in Perth.

West Australian (WA) Premier Mark McGowan announced that Perth and Peel will be placed in a three-day lockdown, starting Friday midnight.

He also advised that the masks will be mandatory from 6:00 p.m., although McGowan has recommended people wear them immediately.

Air New Zealand flight NZ176, which was due to leave Perth on Friday night, was canceled after the announcement.

New Zealand government said in a statement that New Zealand health officials were “in contact” with Australian counterparts and were completing a risk assessment.”

“As set out in our trans-Tasman bubble protocols, travel between New Zealand and Western Australia has been paused, pending further advice from the state government,” COVID-19 Response Minister Chris Hipkins said.

The announcement came after a Victorian man tested positive in Melbourne after completing 14 days of quarantine at a WA hotel.

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