7 May 2021

Trans-Tasman pause not needed - infectious diseases expert

From Checkpoint, 5:39 pm on 7 May 2021

It is time to revive the trans-Tasman bubble with New South Wales according to infectious disease specialist Professor Peter Collignon, who says he would not have shut it down in the first place.

The NZ government has paused quarantine-free travel with the state until midnight Saturday, pending more information, after a Sydney man and his wife tested positive for Covid-19 in the community.

Genome testing shows its a similar strain to a person who was in quarantine after returning to Australia via the US.

But authorities believe there could be other cases in the chain of infection. Infectious disease specialist Professor Peter Collignon from Australian National University says authorities need to nail down the missing link.