COVID-19 cluster in New Zealand

A statement from Australia's Chief Medical Officer, Professor Paul Kelly about the COVID-19 cluster in New Zealand.

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The Australian Chief Medical Officer, Professor Paul Kelly, and the Australian Health Protection Principal Committee (AHPPC) have continued to monitor the COVID-19 outbreak situation in New Zealand over recent days. 

On 9 March 2021, based on updated information from New Zealand health officials, the CMO determined that the Auckland hotspot should be lifted and Green Zone flights from New Zealand to Australia can RESUME as of 11.59 pm AEDT Thursday, 11 March 2021.

Some jurisdictions may implement conditions or arrangements which differ to those above. All travellers are advised to check the arrangements in both their place of arrival and place of final destination before they travel.

Professor Kelly said the situation in New Zealand had improved greatly, with minimal risk remaining from the Auckland February Cluster. New Zealand’s contact tracing efforts showed the recent case identified, unrelated to the Auckland cluster, posed a low risk of COVID-19 spreading in Australia.

The Australian Government will continue to work closely with colleagues in the New Zealand Ministry of Health to monitor and assess the public health risk posed by COVID-19.

The Australian Government appreciates the ongoing patience and flexibility of Australians and New Zealanders, including those in the tourism and travel industry.

Prospective travellers are encouraged to visit for up-to-date travel information and to check with their state or territory health authority for local travel requirements.

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