Concerning new details emerge about Covid cases in community

Trans-Tasman bubble: Government says flights from Western Australia should be paused over Covid-19 cases in Perth

Fresh COVID case puts New Zealand-Australia travel bubble at risk

"We're effectively in a holding pattern and I hope we can avoid going back into lockdown".

Passengers are seen boarding Air New Zealand flight number 246 destined for Wellington on April 19, 2021 in Sydney, Australia.

"Western Australian Premier Mark McGowan said publicly yesterday said that a full lockdown was not necessary at that stage because Perth had still been subject to earlier Covid-19 restrictions including mask wearing and social distancing during most of the worker's infectious period".

He also announced there would be no spectators permitted at the AFL derby at Optus Stadium Sunday afternoon, saying it was "too much of a risk" to have them in attendance.

The Ministry of Health advise that there are no new cases of COVID-19 to report in the community today.

Trans-Tasman quarantine-free travel bubble between New Zealand and Australia was launched on April 19.

However, the ministry said all but two passengers on the New Zealand flights had been contacted and asked to check the Queensland Government website for locations of interest.

Due to the time difference with Western Australia, further information is expected to be released about this later today.

About 750 passengers who travelled either directly or indirectly between Western Australia and New Zealand between April 27 and May 1 were being contacted by the Ministry of Health's contact tracing team.

It has been determined that the risk to public health in New Zealand is low.

The Government will provide an update on the travel pause between Western Australia and New Zealand in a statement.

Earlier it was announced Perth had avoided a lockdown.

Premier Mark McGowan says health authorities will assess any further infections over the weekend before deciding whether the city returns to lockdown.

"It has significantly reduced the risk of transmission in our community".

Results are pending for a further four close contacts, while another 136 contacts are deemed casual or yet to be classified.

The country could also benefit from setting up a facility similar to the Northern Territory's Howard Springs quarantine hub which hasn't had a single coronavirus case leave its walls, the university researchers said.

Eligible staff members included those recently rehired for the transtasman travel bubble, as well as cabin crew, pilots, airport, cargo and line maintenance employees in Auckland and Christchurch.

Meanwhile, 27 travellers who were at Brisbane Airport when two red zone travellers entered the green zone have been asked to get tested for Covid-19.

The ministry says 397 passengers were aboard three flights which left Brisbane International Airport for New Zealand, after a green zone breach at an airport cafe on Thursday.

Two of the housemates have since tested positive - a roommate and a house guest from Canberra.

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