NZ identifies 16 at-risk NSW travellers

New Zealand health authorities have left the trans-Tasman bubble in place with New South Wales but are watching carefully as the Bondi COVID-19 cluster continues to grow.

On Tuesday, a further 10 cases were revealed in New South Wales, bringing the latest cluster to 21.

“New Zealand health officials have determined that, at this time, the COVID-19 public health risk to New Zealand remains low,” a Ministry of Health statement said.

“Public health officials are regularly reviewing developments … and advice will be updated, if and when required.”

Officials have revealed 16 recent arrivals in New Zealand had visited locations of interest listed from the recent outbreak in NSW.

“The majority of these contacts self-identified through Healthline and have been provided appropriate health advice to stay at home and be tested,” the statement said.

“Five of them are required to isolate for 14 days and be tested twice in that time, and all have returned a negative first test.

“A further 11 are required to self-isolate until they return a negative day-five test. Of those, eight have returned a negative test and three are outstanding.”

People who have visited locations of interest on either side of the Tasman are not allowed to fly

Should they fly to Aotearoa and then discover they have visited a location of interest, they are required to isolate at home until testing negative to COVID-19.

The Kiwi government will allow visitors from Victoria as of Wednesday after being satisfied the risk has lowered following a recent cluster of cases in Melbourne.

Quarantine-free travel to Melbourne has been paused for the last month.

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