Ardern confident in NZ coronavirus measures

Australia suspended a 'travel bubble' for 72 hours after New Zealand confirmed its first case in months on Monday. Since then, two more coronavirus cases of the South African variant of COVID-19 were confirmed.

Health authorities on Thursday conducted further tests and began contact tracing efforts after two more cases of the South African variant of COVID-19 were confirmed in the country's largest city Auckland.

Both cases were returned travellers in hotel quarantine who were released after returning negative tests following their 14-day isolation.

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JACINDA ARDERN: Apparently you don't need the glasses on that side. But over this side, glasses are required. In the meantime, we want to get to the bottom of what has happened in this particular facility because it's clear from the link to these cases, something has happened, an event of some description. And so in the meantime, we're not putting new people into the Pullman while we work through and identify, as we always do, what's happened that's caused this to occur.

This is a tricky virus. Something has occurred here, and we're working to identify so we can shut that down. But the vast majority of cases we manage very successfully.

I haven't spoken directly, but I do know that our officials and high commissioners have been staying in close contact. So as you'd expect, we are providing information to our counterparts in Australia. The decision will ultimately be for them. I've never got the sense it would be a long-term position for them. They are, ultimately, just waiting for a bit more information.