New Zealand suspends quarantine-free travel bubble with Victoria

New Zealand suspends quarantine-free travel bubble with Victoria

New Zealand suspends quarantine-free travel bubble with Victoria

"The decision follows the travel bubble framework".

Officials are concerned there might be a missing link between the cluster and a man who returned to Melbourne from quarantine in Adelaide and tested positive earlier.

Mr Merlino said checking in to venues would be compulsory from Friday, May 28.

The new infections come as the federal government considers allowing fully vaccinated people to travel freely between states if regional borders have to be closed during future COVID-19 outbreaks.

- Face masks must be worn indoors.

Schools and workplaces remain open and density requirements at restaurants and bars remain unchanged but the government is seeking advice on weddings and sporting and cultural events.

The cluster had grown to nine active cases by Tuesday evening.

The other four cases were confirmed on Monday afternoon.

"Further, staff returning from Greater Melbourne who provide home-based aged care and disability services that involve close physical contact with clients, should exclude themselves from providing in-home care for a period of 14 days since they were last in the area". They are family contacts who live across three households.

The operating hours of some 26 testing sites are also set to be expanded, including the Melbourne Showgrounds, which reached capacity after being open for five minutes on Tuesday.

Contact tracers have established the man met with the first identified case for a business transaction on May 18.

The club has said it is conducting its own contact tracing, and will request Football Victoria to move the fixture.

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It has reported just over 30,000 cases and 910 deaths.

Authorities, however, said they could not yet find how the latest cases contracted the virus from the overseas traveller.

Earlier: New exposure sites in Epping, Bundoora, Maribyrnong and Reservoir have been identified following four confirmed COVID-19 cases in the City of Whittlesea.

"An epidemiological link has yet to be determined between these cases and there is now no known link between people in the current outbreak and any of the exposure sites from Wollert [the May 11 case]", Hipkins said.

Victoria's chief health officer Brett Sutton said the country would not be a "safe zone" until more than 15 million are inoculated. Thousands of people have gone into isolation as a result.

The restrictions will stay in place until at least June 4.

According to New Zealand's Ministry of Health, this means that these specific people are ineligible to travel to Aotearoa within 14 days from exposure - even with a negative Covid-19 test.

New Zealand officials are advising that Kiwis who have recently travelled there to check a growing list of locations of interest.

"Anyone in New Zealand who has been at a location of interest in Melbourne at the specified time should contact Healthline as soon as possible for advice on isolating and testing".

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