Australia news live: Australia weighs up NZ travel bubble as Jacinda Ardern’s Covid response rated world’s best
Suspension of the NZ travel bubble is set to expire today, but fresh cases could delay its reopening. Follow the latest updates live
Queensland will reopen its border to all of NSW on Monday, dropping the last of its travel restrictions.
Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk announced the border change on Nine’s Today Show a short time ago.
It has been a really really long haul and it has been tough on everybody but I have always maintained that I have got to keep Queenslanders safe.
And I can announce for your, Karl [Stefanovic, Today Show host], first to your viewers, that the NSW border will reopen on the 1 February. So it’s a great time for families to be reunited and for people to plan their holidays.
If anyone is down there in NSW or Victoria and you’re thinking about having a holiday come up to Cairns, everyone is ready to welcome you with a friendly smile
Australian authorities will decide today whether to extend the suspension of the one-way travel bubble with New Zealand, after genomic testing revealed two new Covid cases confirmed in New Zealand yesterday were the highly transmissible South African variant of the virus.