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Australia Jacinda Arden announces massive changes to NZ quarantine rules

07:35  28 october  2021
07:35  28 october  2021 Source:   dailymail.co.uk

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Hotel quarantine is New Zealand has been halved from two weeks to one week for fully-vaccinated travellers. A small list of nations - not including Australia - can also travel quarantine free. Tens of thousands of Kiwis are attempting to return home without success, missing out on places in hotel quarantine ballots. Mr Hipkins said the changes would free up about 1500 places, but 'many will be used for community cases' in NZ 's worsening Delta outbreak. There were 89 community cases identified by health officials on Thursday, including two in Christchurch, ending a 358-day run without the virus

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Jacinda Ardern has begun reopening New Zealand to travellers by halving the nation's quarantine requirements and removing them entirely for a select few countries.

Ms Ardern, 41, is taking baby steps towards reconnecting NZ with the world - cutting down quarantine from 14 days to seven - but is giving no guarantees to trans-Tasman families hoping to reunite for Christmas.

On Thursday, Ms Ardern's COVID-19 Minister Chris Hipkins said the shortened hotel quarantine period for those double-vaccinated will start from November 14, though arrivals will have to isolate at home for another three days.

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Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern says a tough new quarantine for all Kiwis arriving from overseas will kick in from midnight tonight and will continue indefinitely. "No-one goes home, everyone goes into a managed facility," she said of Kiwis returning to the country. She revealed the much-anticipated measure at a press conference today where 29 new cases of Covid-19 since yesterday were announced - the lowest number since March 21. Listen: jacinda ardern on newstalk zb on new quarantine rules kicking in at midnight

NZ will also allow travellers from low-risk countries - Samoa, Tonga, Vanuatu and Tokelau - to bypass hotel quarantine altogether from November 8.

Australia is not on the quarantine-free list, despite those from low-risk states able to visit NZ freely for several months earlier this year under the trans-Tasman bubble.

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Mr Hipkins said residents from the high-risk states of NSW and Victoria are now able to travel around Australia, which made another trans-Tasman bubble an unacceptable risk.

'The challenge with Australia is they are going through the process of opening up their internal borders,' he said.

'Of course we want to reconnect with Australia soon, as soon as we can do that safely. We're just not in a position to provide any certainty as to when that can happen at this point.'

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Mr Hipkins said he understood the plight of overseas-based Kiwis.

'We're very aware of the pressure that's been building the border as the world begins to reconnect and increasing numbers of New Zealanders, here and abroad, that want to be able to reconnect with their loved ones,' Mr Hipkins said.

'We don't want to accelerate the spread of COVID-19 outside Auckland by prematurely making changes to the international border.

'Once we get those high rates of vaccination, at that point, you'll start to see quite a bit more change at the border.'

Mr Hipkins tied more movement to when NZ hits 90 per cent of eligible Kiwis being fully vaccinated.

As of Thursday, 72 per cent of New Zealanders are fully vaccinated and 87 per cent have received their first jab.

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Overseas-based New Zealanders will also find some relief from the changes.

Tens of thousands of Kiwis are attempting to return home without success, missing out on places in hotel quarantine ballots.

Mr Hipkins said the changes would free up about 1500 places, but 'many will be used for community cases' in NZ's worsening Delta outbreak.

There were 89 community cases identified by health officials on Thursday, including two in Christchurch, ending a 358-day run without the virus for the South Island's biggest city.

The New Zealand government has opted against sending the city into lockdown, with Mr Hipkins saying there were 'no major exposure events'.

'Close contacts have been identified and are self-isolating ... we'll continue to closely monitor the situation,' he said.

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