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No changes to New Zealand travel bubble following Auckland case

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Health minister Greg Hunt says health authorities have “full confidence” in New Zealand after a positive case was detected in an Auckland Airport employee.

Australian Health Minister Greg Hunt says he has "full confidence" in New Zealand after an airport worker tested positive to COVID-19, the day after the travel bubble opened.

The worker had been on board planes bringing people in from overseas and has been fully vaccinated.

"That worker has been working in the hot zones, receiving planes from those areas overseas which have higher caseloads," Mr Hunt said.

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Auckland airport scene

"And they're on to this. "We have full confidence in New Zealand's system.

"We've seen them deal with the inevitable outbreaks, and there will be other days when there are cases in Australia. We saw the outbreak recently in Queensland and NSW - two states. And yet, we were able to deal with it. So, we know how to deal with this.

"The New Zealand system has picked up a case and we know that we have a highly infectious disease, but highly developed containment systems in both New Zealand and Australia."

Meanwhile, Mr Hunt said 6734 vaccines were undertaken nationally in the past 24 hours.

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He said by the end of today, 1.7 million Australians are expected to have been given the COVID jab.

Mr Hunt added that figure is a six-fold increase that has taken just a few weeks.

He described that acceleration, which was predicted, as an "extraordinary achievement".

Speaking after National Cabinet yesteraday, Mr Hunt said the priority remains with the current vaccination phases of 1a and 1b.

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COVID vaccine.

These phases include aged care and health care workers as well as Australians over 70.

Hunt said part of the rollout for the AstraZeneca vaccine could be brought forward for over 50s.

Prime Minister Scott Morrison announced the plan last night.

"This is actually potentially bringing forward a part of the rollout and I think is a very important step," Mr Hunt said.

He said GP clinics will remain the key places for vaccinations and it was up to individual states if they wanted large vaccination clinics.

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Health minister Greg Hunt

"The potentially increased role for state and territory large vaccination clinics - building on what they have already got in place for those over 50s in the general population for AstraZeneca, but each state and territory will determine what they do, if they do it and how they do it," Mr Hunt said.

He said Australia has only had one person die this year from the virus.

"We are seeing zero cases on most days in Australia against the world which is in the grip of an ongoing pandemic," he said.

Mr Hunt also said he "could not be happier" that crowds can fill the MCG for the AFL again.

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MCG

"That's based on medical advice and what it does is it says that the MCG, or Anzac Day, or for the Melbourne-Richmond clash on Anzac Day eve, for which I'm hoping there may be a Richmond victory, could have up to 100,000 people," he said.

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"What a sign of Australia's achievements. So, in the midst of a pandemic, when other countries are in lockdown, when other countries are facing cases, when other countries are suffering agonies, Australia, with all its challenges, is achieving a level of normality for which few others could put themselves in such a position.

"So that's a testament to every Australian's work."

Source: 9News https://www.9news.com.au/national/greg-hunt-says-no-changes-to-new-zealand-travel-bubble-after-positive-case/badfb49c-b660-470c-a9e5-a92fe21fb606

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