Wellington. Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern, after participating in part of the Australian Cabinet via video link, said New Zealand will not open its borders to the rest of the world for long due to the coronavirus pandemic.
During the Australian Cabinet, the possibility of creating a so-called “Trans-Tasman bubble” was discussed, i.e. – in the words of Ardern herself – a “sort of a bubble” between New Zealand and Australia: “a safe travel zone which would give the people of the two countries the opportunity to move without Quarantine mandatory.
“There is a lot of work to be done before we can move forward, but this idea has clearly been promoted for the benefits it will bring,” the prime minister said. However, in response to a question about New Zealand’s tourism sector, Ardern stressed: “We won’t have open borders to the rest of the world for a long time to come.”
As it is known, the governments of New Zealand and Australia have closed their borders to almost all foreigners as part of the measures taken to contain the spread of the coronavirus in their countries.
The New Zealand Prime Minister is transferred the day after the first day without any infection. “We keep going, and we cannot afford to waste the good work done so far when our goal is so close and within reach,” New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said in a televised news conference.
Arden, who has been praised for her good handling of the pandemic, said a decision on the country’s partial quarantine measures will be made next week. There have been 1,137 confirmed cases and 20 deaths in New Zealand. New Zealand authorities gradually developed containment measures at the end of March, when there were 28 cases of infection, with a strict quarantine declared on March 25. However, on April 28, restrictions began to be eased with permission to resume 75% of economic and commercial activities, although restrictions on activities and movement continued.