New Zealand records no new cases of coronavirus

Elias Hubbard
May 6, 2020

New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern made a rare appearance at a top Australian government meeting Tuesday, as both countries moved a step closer to establishing a potential coronavirus-free travel corridor.

Worldwide travel could soon be back on the cards, even if it's just a relatively short hop "across the pond" to New Zealand, courtesy of a 'trans-Tasman bubble'sealed against COVID-19.

"We will remain responsive to the health situation as it develops".

"We know that unfortunately worldwide 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.

Sherry said trans-Tasman travel would be an important part of both countries' economic rebuild.

Speaking to reporters in Canberra, he said: "When we are seeing Australians travel from Melbourne to Cairns, at about that time I would expect everything being equal we would be able to fly from Melbourne to Auckland or Christchurch".

Australia and New Zealand have been lauded around the world for their fast action in clamping down on the spread of the coronavirus.

Any move to open the global border would need to take into account state and territory movement restrictions in Australia, he added. There are now bans on travelling between some states in Australia.

"It would support tourism, trade and transport sectors, and enable families and friends to reunite".

It's an indication the country's bold strategy of trying to eliminate the virus is working.

Jacinda Ardern has criticised countries who are "taking ages" to ease coronavirus lockdowns.

The proposal, known formally as the trans-Tasman Covid-safe travel zone, would allow residents to travel freely between the two neighboring nations, without a need for quarantine.

"So we both stand to benefit from getting travel up and running again".

"We will work with interested Pacific countries on parameters and arrangements to manage the risks".

"It is still some time away". The last New Zealand prime minister to join was Peter Fraser during World War II.

New Zealand recorded no new coronavirus cases for a second day in a row today and Ardern has vowed to completely eliminate the pathogen from the country of nearly five million people. One more patient died taking the national death toll due to coronavirus to 96.

Peters wanted it to be treated as a matter of "critical urgency".

Fifty-five per cent of New Zealand's tourists were Australians while New Zealanders were the second-largest group of tourists in Australia.

"Urgency is everything at the moment". I know we've got to defeat Covid-19 but at the same time we've got to get this economy turned around and with the greatest of speed.

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