New Zealand to cut Australian travel ties

New Zealand is expected to suspend travel ties with Australia as several states deal with coronavirus outbreaks.

Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern is due to announce the decision after a cabinet meeting on Friday.

“Cabinet is meeting to check in on the arrangements with Australia, given the situation there,” her office said in a statement.

“This has been planned for several days and we will give an update on this discussion on Friday.”

Australia is grappling with serious coronavirus outbreaks in NSW, Victoria and South Australia, with a local case also recorded in Queensland.

More than 14 million people are in lockdown across the country

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