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New Zealand pauses travel bubble with Perth

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All travel between New Zealand and Western Australia is on hold due to a COVID-19 outbreak in Perth.

All travel between New Zealand and Western Australia is on hold due to a COVID-19 outbreak in Perth.

West Australian Premier Mark McGowan announced Perth and Peel would go into a three-day lockdown, effective from midnight Friday.

An Air New Zealand flight due to leave Perth on Friday night has been cancelled following the announcement.

New Zealand COVID-19 Response Minister Chris Hipkins said any Kiwis affected are asked to follow the advice of Western Australian authorities.

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"As set out in our trans-Tasman bubble protocols, travel between New Zealand and Western Australia has been paused, pending further advice from the state government," he said.

"New Zealand health officials are in contact with their Australian counterparts and are completing a risk assessment."

All passengers on an earlier flight from Perth to Melbourne that carried a passenger later found to have COVID-19 have been contact traced and no-one on that flight has travelled on to New Zealand, Hipkins said.

"This is an example of the type of scenario both countries have planned for."

On Friday evening, flights had been available to book from New Zealand to Perth on Air NZ. The flights flew via other Australian cities.

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The COVID-19 case that has sparked WA's snap three-day lockdown was moving in the Perth community for several days while presumed to be infectious.

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Source: 9News https://www.9news.com.au/national/travel-bubble-with-nz-paused-for-perth-after-snap-lockdown-coronavirus-case/39452ee7-0d1a-4dc7-97bc-d67d32eac9c2

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