New Zealand leader Jacinda Ardern says while there was no timeframe on plans for a trans-Tasman travel bubble that would include Australia, the rise in Covid-19 cases in Victoria means it won’t happen for some time to come. Once hopeful of including other countries in the Pacific region in the travel bubble, Ardern has confirmed New Zealand’s borders will remain closed until the risk of coronavirus entering the country through visitors can be minimised. ‘We wish Victoria all the very best as they continue to combat what is a devastating situation,’ she said, ‘but I think the reality for both of us is this is going to slow things down for us’
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