New Zealand Suspends Australia Travel For Two Months

The Washington Post reports:

New Zealand has suspended a travel bubble with Australia for two months as an outbreak of a hyper-transmissible variant of the novel coronavirus threatens the nation’s earlier success in containing the pandemic.

More than 200,000 people have flown between New Zealand and Australia since the quarantine-free travel corridor opened in April. But a delta variant outbreak that started in Sydney in mid-June has “materially changed the risk profile,” New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern told reporters Friday.

The small island nation has worked hard to eliminate the virus from its shores, Ardern said, “and we will not risk that.”

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