Australia’s travel bubble with New Zealand remains in doubt, after another two cases of coronavirus popped up over the ditch.
It comes after a highly infectious strain of the virus was diagnosed in a woman who’d already served two weeks of hotel quarantine.
It’s understood she’d spent several days out in the community before showing symptoms and getting tested on Sunday.
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Officials now believe she contracted the virus while exiting the hotel.
The discovery forced Australia to suspend its side of the trans-Tasman bubble, stopping Kiwis from coming here for 72 hours.
That’s due to end this afternoon, with the federal government to make an announcement this morning about whether the suspension will continue or not.
However, two new cases have since been diagnosed, in people who also stayed in the same hotel.
New Zealand’s department of health has already confirmed that both of them had completed their two week hotel quarantine and had returned two negative tests.
Further investigations are underway into how the pair contracted the virus. They remain isolated at home in the meantime.