The Queensland Government has confirmed New Zealand will be reinstated as a ‘safe travel country’ tonight, allowing flights to once again touch down in the sunshine state.
All green flights from New Zealand will resume from 6.00pm, with the state’s top doctor revealing she’s confident the country no longer poses a COVID-19 risk following their recent community transmission.
“This is wonderful news and certainly a best-case scenario for us and for New Zealand,” Chief Health Officer Dr Jeanette Young said.
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“At the time, AHPPC discussed the need to act due to the further community transmission in New Zealand.
“It was our responsibility to act cautiously. We did the right thing, and now we can look to moving forward.”
Dr Young said those who were forced into mandatory hotel quarantine due to the restrictions around the New Zealand flights would be allowed out tomorrow if they have returned a negative test result.
It comes as Queensland recorded four new COVID-19 cases today, all overseas acquired and detected in hotel quarantine.
None were in connection to Papua New Guinea.
There’s now 58 active cases in the state.