Australia, New Zealand flights to resume once virus risk eliminated, says Ardern

Elias Hubbard
May 5, 2020

Prime Minister Scott Morrison has declared Australia must now work to flatten the curve of rising unemployment, pushing the need for workplaces and the broader economy to become "COVID-safe" so they can re-open.

"It's not just numbers, so we don't have to have zero cases every day in order for us to move to Level 2", Ms Ardern said from Premier House.

Production at that meatworks has now closed down, but Australians are being reassured their meat is still safe to eat.

The announcement followed news that New Zealand had no new cases or deaths for the past 24 hours.

"We know that unfortunately global travel is a mid - to long-term vision, so if we can establish a hub between New Zealand and Australia I think that would be a very positive move", Berejiklian told reporters in Sydney before joining the meeting of Australia's emergency cabinet.

Prime Minister Scott Morrison has previously suggested that when global travel restrictions are eventually lifted, the links with New Zealand will be the first re-established.

The meeting was ongoing and more information would be released about a resumption in travel in a joint statement after its conclusion, Ardern said.

"The fact that we're even in a position as countries to have this conversation is a huge advantage to both of us", she told reporters in New Zealand.

The meeting scheduled to be attended by Australia's provincial prime ministers and national cabinet ministers is set to discuss the possibility of opening the border between Australia and New Zealand, thus creating a travel corridor - or "travel bubble".

But she warned not to expect any movement on travel bans within weeks.

Ms Ardern is also keen to discuss the COVIDSafe app as New Zealand plans to develop a similar version of the contact tracing platform.

Australians were next, with eight in 10 trusting government information.

An Australia-New Zealand bubble would mean people from both countries being confident of travelling between the nations without having to quarantine - but was still some time off, she said.

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