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The key to a successful travel arrangement between the two countries will be sturdy and sound planning and implementation. They should impose comprehensive public health measures to facilitate safe travel, including preparing for all travel to be stopped again if the situation calls for it.
However, both leaders have cautioned that a ‘travel bubble’ will not commence immediately. The safe travel zone is still some time away, but it is essential to negotiate now amid the coronavirus pandemic. Both countries are still fighting the pandemic and have reported reduced cases over the past weeks. Successful COVID-19 fight
Australia and New Zealand have gained immense praise from the international community as they had successfully flattened the curve of infections. Australia has reported 6,849 cases and 96 deaths, while New Zealand has only 1,488 cases and 21 deaths. Australia daily new cases of COVID-19. Image Credit: COVID-19 Dashboard by the Center for Systems Science and Engineering (CSSE) at Johns Hopkins University (JHU) New Zealand daily new cases of COVID-19. Image Credit: COVID-19 Dashboard by the Center for Systems Science and Engineering (CSSE) at Johns Hopkins University (JHU)
Health experts say Australia and New Zealand’s low case rates are good examples of how to combat the coronavirus pandemic successfully. Both countries have worked hard to contain the virus spread, and have now eased restrictions while developing new normal measures to reduce future transmission.
For instance, New Zealand has avoided a widespread transmission of the virus. It has now lifted strict social measures, while Australia has eased some restrictions. Social distancing measures are still in place in the country, while citizens are downloading the government’s voluntary coronavirus tracking app, which notifies if someone they know has contracted the virus.
Both countries were successful in imposing early lockdown measures, restricting international travels, and providing widespread testing capacities. Further, the key to their success is public adherence to the rules. Despite the success, the countries are not being complacent in lifting restrictions, as they impose new rules that residents should follow to prevent the transmission of the virus. Overall, social distancing measures are still in place while they will conduct mass testing to isolate infected individuals efficiently. Sources: Coronavirus (COVID-19) current situation and case numbers - https://www.health.gov.au/news/health-alerts/novel-coronavirus-2019-ncov-health-alert/coronavirus-covid-19-current-situation-and-case-numbers Information about confirmed and probable cases of COVID-19 in New Zealand - https://www.health.govt.nz/our-work/diseases-and-conditions/covid-19-novel-coronavirus/covid-19-current-situation/covid-19-current-cases Jacinda Ardern says travel with Australia amid coronavirus pandemic could have 'huge advantages' - https://www.abc.net.au/news/2020-05-04/new-zealand-pm-to-join-australian-covid-19-cabinet-talks/12211878 NZ PM says trans-Tasman travel bubble would deliver 'huge advantages' to Australia | ABC News - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ywaOXBCAOrk Trans-Tasman flights on the agenda when Jacinda Ardern joins national cabinet - https://www.smh.com.au/politics/federal/trans-tasman-flights-on-the-agenda-when-jacinda-ardern-joins-national-cabinet-20200504-p54pnn.html 'A lot of work' before there's a trans-Tasman bubble, Ardern says - https://www.smh.com.au/politics/federal/a-lot-of-work-before-there-s-a-trans-tasman-bubble-ardern-says-20200505-p54pxf.html
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