- A man tested positive in Sydney for coronavirus with high viral load and is currently in isolation.
- NZ Health Authorities are keeping a close watch and are in touch with the Australian Health counterparts.
- Currently, no changes are being made to the quarantine-free travel arrangement between the two neighbours.
The much-awaited travel bubble, which resumed on 19 April between New Zealand and Australia, is currently under scrutiny.
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A new COVID-19 case has been recorded in New South Wales and the authorities anticipate more cases to be confirmed.
The said man, presently in his 50s, who has not yet been vaccinated, neither travelled overseas recently nor worked at a managed isolation facility in the healthcare sector. His report came positive with a high viral load, when he got himself tested for the virus on Tuesday after the occurrence of symptoms.
Kerry Chant, NSW chief health officer, expressed that genome sequencing had been initiated, which would trace the source of the infection.
All his direct contacts, which are estimated to be around 24, have been isolated and have gone for the COVID-19 tests.
Australian Authorities Urged Its Citizens To Follow COVID-19 Protocols
Premier Gladys Berejiklian expressed that man was very active and could have possibly infected other people too. Locals have been intimated about his places of interest and are advised to get themselves tested if had been to those places around the stipulated time.
Berejiklian reiterated the importance of social distancing, hand hygiene, and QR codes. People should get themselves tested even if they see a slight emergence of any coronavirus symptom.
Presently No change In The Travel Arrangement Between NZ And AU
New Zealand Health Authorities are in constant touch with their Australian counterparts on test results and health assessment. They are considering the NSW COVID-19 case as a low-risk to their public health.
This has not impacted the Trans-Tasman travel bubble yet. Currently, the NZ Ministry of Health has not advised any change in the quarantine-free travel bubble with Australia.
NZ Government Closely Monitoring The Situation
New Zealand has now become cautious as on May 6, 10 flights from Sydney were scheduled to land in different Kiwi cities - Auckland, Wellington, Christchurch, and Queenstown.
If the Government temporarily shuts down flights for 3 days, thousands of travellers would be affected. Also, this would dent the confidence of the future flyers, who are making plans to travel across the shores in the coming months.
Nonetheless, the Kiwi Government is closely monitoring the whole situation and would take an appropriate decision keeping the nation’s interest and safety on priority.