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New Zealand SLAMS the border shut with NSW as trans-Tasman bubble is halted amid Covid outbreak

New Zealand SLAMS the border shut with NSW as trans-Tasman bubble is put on hold – dashing holiday plans for thousands and giving Kiwis just three hours to get home

New Zealand has slammed its border shut to New South Wales, giving Kiwis just three hours to get back home before restrictions come into place.    

New Zealand’s COVID-19 Response Minister Chris Hipkins put the breaks on the hotel quarantine-free travel after NSW recorded 10 new locally-acquired cases of Covid on Tuesday, bringing Sydney’s Bondi cluster to 21 active infections.

He said the decision was made because there are still several unknowns about the growing outbreak.  

New Zealand has slammed its border shut to New South Wales , giving Kiwis just three hours to get back home before restrictions come into place

NZ's COVID-19 Response Minister Chris Hipkins put the breaks on the hotel quarantine-free travel after NSW recorded 10 new locally-acquired cases of Covid on Tuesday, bringing Sydney's Bondi cluster to 21 active infections

NZ’s COVID-19 Response Minister Chris Hipkins put the breaks on the hotel quarantine-free travel after NSW recorded 10 new locally-acquired cases of Covid on Tuesday, bringing Sydney’s Bondi cluster to 21 active infections

‘The pause will come into force from 11.59pm NZT and be in place for 72 hours initially,’ Hipkins said in a statement.

‘As with previous pauses, it will be under constant review.

‘This decision follows a public health assessment today which determined that while the overall risk to public health in New Zealand currently remains low, there are still several unknowns, including a case that was infectious while in the Sydney community and a primary school age child with no clear link established at present.’ 

The New Zealand government on Thursday will revaluate the decision.   

Kiwi health authorities also urging anyone in New Zealand that has been to Westfield’s Bondi Junction -including the car park – between June 12-18 to immediately get tested and self-isolate until they receive a negative result. 

The tough news for NSW holidaymakers comes on the same day New Zealand is set to reinstate quarantine-free travel with Victoria, after the state experienced it’s fourth lockdown since the pandemic began.

The travel bubble between Victoria and the land of the long white cloud is set to re-established at 11.59pm on Tuesday. 

More to come. 

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