9 Jul 2021

Covid-19 outbreak in Sydney - the latest details

From Checkpoint, 6:07 pm on 9 July 2021

A red light has been put on green flights for kiwis stuck in Sydney as cases surged there again today.

The New South Wales government announced 44 new community cases, up from yesterday's 14-month high of 38.

Ten people are in ICU - including two people aged in their 20s and 30s.

And for New Zealanders that means the current pause on flights from Sydney to Auckland has been extended by three days.

After that, green flights will be able to arrive but kiwis will have to spend 14 days in a managed isolation facility.

But Covid-19 Response Minister Chris Hipkins said not everyone will be able to secure a spot in MIQ, with only a thousand rooms being made available.

Those forced to spend 14 days in isolation would not have to pay for their managed isolation stay.

Here's Max Towle with this report on the developing situation in Sydney.