• New Zealand fires nine border workers who refused Covid vaccine | New Zealand | The Guardian
    http://www.theguardian.com/world/2021/may/03/new-zealand-fires-nine-border-workers-who-refused-covid-vaccine
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    New Zealand fires nine border workers who refused Covid vaccine. PM Jacinda Ardern had previously said workers who declined to be vaccinated would be moved to other roles
    New Zealand’s customs agency has fired nine border workers who refused to get the Covid-19 vaccine. The country has required all frontline border workers to be vaccinated by the end of April.In February, the prime minister, Jacinda Ardern, said the government would not be making the vaccine compulsory for frontline staff, and that those who declined the vaccine would be moved into backroom roles.But no other work could be found to redeploy the nine workers who were in fixed term employment at the maritime border, Jacinda Funnell, Customs’ deputy chief executive for people and capability, said.“We regret that these individuals have had to leave employment, and understand what a difficult situation this is for them,” Funnell said in a statement. She said about 95% of Customs’ frontline staff who were required to be vaccinated had received their first dose, and 85% had received the second dose of the vaccine. Customs had been discussing options with staff since the beginning of March, she said, and had told them that “options for redeployment were very limited due to no other Customs functions existing in the area”. She said the agency had also explored redeployment options across the wider public service.
    A Ministry of Health order made under the Covid-19 Public Health Response Act has made it a legal requirement for anyone working in high-risk border environments to be vaccinated by the 1 May deadline.In April, the New Zealand Defence Force threatened to fire service members who refused to get a Covid-19 vaccination.In correspondence to staff published by RNZ, the chief of Defence Force, Air Marshal Kevin Short, said: “Electing to not meet the baseline immunisation readiness criteria will result in a review of an individual’s future service.”New Zealand’s unions have spoken out against the firing of workers who decline the vaccine, saying they should be redeployed instead. E tū union has said in their member FAQs: “We do not support mandatory vaccination and will not tolerate discrimination against workers who choose not to vaccinate.” The Public Service Association union has said unvaccinated border staff “should be redeployed, and their employment rights must be protected”.

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  • Covid-19 dans le monde : la Nouvelle-Zélande suspend sa « bulle de voyage » avec l’Australie
    https://www.lemonde.fr/planete/article/2021/04/23/covid-19-en-russie-plusieurs-jours-de-mai-seront-feries-afin-de-lutter-contr

    Covid-19 dans le monde : la Nouvelle-Zélande suspend sa « bulle de voyage » avec l’Australie. La décision de Wellington a été prise après l’annonce par des autorités d’Australie occidentale d’imposer trois jours de restrictions sanitaires dans les régions de Perth et de Peel.
    La Nouvelle-Zélande a suspendu vendredi la « bulle de voyage » qu’elle venait d’ouvrir avec l’Australie, a fait savoir Wellington. Une décision motivée par la résurgence de l’épidémie chez son voisin : la mesure sera en vigueur « dans l’attente d’un nouvel avis du gouvernement ».La décision a été prise après l’annonce par les autorités d’Australie occidentale qu’elles imposaient trois jours de restrictions sanitaires dans les régions de Perth et de Peel dès vendredi, à minuit.Ces nouvelles restrictions ont été décidées « à la suite d’un cas positif chez une personne en quarantaine à l’hôtel et active dans la communauté », ont détaillé les autorités d’Australie occidentale sur leur site Web.L’Australie et la Nouvelle-Zélande, dont les frontières internationales sont fermées depuis mars 2020, avaient inauguré, lundi, cette « bulle de voyage » censée permettre à leurs habitants de se déplacer de part et d’autre de la mer de Tasman sans motifs impérieux ni quarantaine hôtelière.

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  • Covid-19 : l’Australie et la Nouvelle-Zélande ouvrent une « bulle de voyage »
    https://www.lemonde.fr/international/article/2021/04/20/covid-19-l-australie-et-la-nouvelle-zelande-ouvrent-une-bulle-de-voyage_6077

    Lundi, les deux voisins des antipodes, qui ont fermé leurs frontières internationales en mars 2020 pour lutter contre la pandémie de Covid-19, ont inauguré un nouvel espace de liberté. Il permet à leurs habitants de se déplacer d’un pays à l’autre sans aucune contrainte.
    Devant les bornes d’enregistrement de l’aéroport international de Sydney, lundi 19 avril, Sue Grocott oscille entre rires et larmes. Dans quelques heures, elle atterrira à Auckland et rencontrera, pour la première fois, son petit-fils d’un an. L’Australie et la Nouvelle-Zélande, dont les frontières internationales sont fermées depuis mars 2020, ont inauguré, le matin même, une « bulle de voyage » qui permet aux habitants des deux pays de se déplacer de part et d’autre de la mer de Tasman sans motifs impérieux ni quarantaine hôtelière. « Le début d’un nouveau chapitre dans notre réponse au Covid-19 et pour notre rétablissement », s’était félicitée, le 6 avril, la première ministre néo-zélandaise, Jacinda Ardern.
    Les deux voisins des antipodes, qui ont adopté une stratégie de tolérance zéro vis-à-vis du SARS-CoV-2, ont réussi à éradiquer la circulation du virus sur leur territoire et à retrouver une vie normale – sans masques et avec très peu de mesures de distanciations physiques –, mais au prix d’un isolement inédit. Depuis plus d’un an, leurs frontières sont fermées aux étrangers non-résidents et toute personne arrivant sur leur sol est soumise à une quarantaine, obligatoire et payante, dans un hôtel.En Australie, les ressortissants ne peuvent, en outre, quitter leur pays qu’en cas de raisons essentielles, après avoir obtenu une dérogation des autorités. Depuis octobre 2020, Canberra avait ouvert son territoire aux Néo-Zélandais, mais la réciproque n’était pas vraie et Wellington avait maintenu les mesures de quatorzaine pour les « Kiwis » de retour dans l’archipel suite à un séjour sur l’île-continent.
    Après avoir maintes fois repoussé la perspective d’instaurer un corridor sanitaire, le gouvernement néo-zélandais a finalement jugé, début avril, que « le risque [était] aussi faible que possible ». Désormais les citoyens des deux pays peuvent se déplacer librement et sans tests préalables. Mais cette « bulle » pourra être immédiatement suspendue si des cas d’origine inconnue sont découverts d’un côté ou de l’autre de la mer de Tasman.
    (...)En Nouvelle-Zélande où, en 2019, les Australiens représentaient près de 40 % des visiteurs étrangers, les autorités misent sur cette liberté retrouvée pour relancer le secteur touristique, durement affecté par la fermeture des frontières internationales. Selon leur calcul, le pays pourrait engranger jusqu’à 600 millions d’euros grâce au retour des voyageurs australiens à deux mois de l’ouverture de la saison de ski.Pour Canberra, il s’agit surtout d’une « première étape ». Le gouvernement conservateur rêve d’instaurer d’autres « bulles de voyage » avec d’autres Etats de la région ayant réussi à contrôler l’épidémie de coronavirus, comme Singapour, la Corée du Sud ou encore certaines îles du Pacifique mais, pour l’instant, il estime que les conditions ne sont pas réunies. Le 1er avril, le petit archipel des Palaos et Taïwan avaient été les premiers à inaugurer ce concept. Hong Kong et Singapour ont également entrepris des discussions en octobre 2020.

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  • Joy, actually: happy reunions fill Auckland airport as trans-Tasman bubble begins | New Zealand | The Guardian
    http://www.theguardian.com/world/2021/apr/19/joy-actually-happy-reunions-fill-auckland-airport-as-trans-tasman-bubbl
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    Joy, actually: happy reunions fill Auckland airport as trans-Tasman bubble begins. Emotional scenes in arrivals hall as hundreds of travellers touch down on first day of quarantine-free travel from Australia
    Lisa Tetai warned her son not to take a sick day when he picked her up from Auckland airport. “I thought there might be media there,” she explains.She wasn’t wrong.As she stepped into the arrivals hall on Monday afternoon, Tetai, like hundreds of others who travelled to New Zealand on the first day of what has been dubbed the trans-Tasman travel “bubble” with Australia, was swamped; a flash of cameras, journalists buzzing with anticipation, then, pushing through the crowd, the people she had actually come to see. Cue tears.
    “I was supposed to be here for a funeral,” she said. “My uncle was admitted to hospital and I booked the earliest ticket I could get. He didn’t make it. They had the funeral last week, but I wanted to see my son and my grandson.
    “I’ve got family all over the North Island and before the pandemic I came back four or five times a year. It has been really, really hard.”
    It happened over and over again. Steph Wood was already crying when she walked into the cacophony. So too was her mother, Narelle. Wood had hoped to be back for Christmas last year, but a Covid outbreak in her home city of Sydney delayed the beginning of the long-mooted quarantine exemption for Australian arrivals.

    When it was finally announced two weeks ago, she didn’t waste time.

    “It was just like, I need to be here as soon as I possibly can,” she said. “I haven’t been back since 2019, I have been counting down the days.”

    Narelle was mostly speechless: “It’s just too good to have her back.”

    So it went all afternoon. A never-ending stream of emotional airport scenes, as though someone had organised a mass re-enactment of Love Actually’s opening montage. It was hard not to be moved. Not only by the reunions but also by the deep link these two island nations share
    Both Auckland airport and the airlines supplying the flights had put a lot of work into manufacturing this media moment – an acoustic band played the same Dave Dobbyn song on repeat all afternoon (Welcome home / I bid you welcome / I bid you welcome) and Jetstar served champagne in the departures lounge – possibly a budget airline world-first – before the first flight to leave Sydney.And for good reason. Monday might have been a day for reunions but there is a lot riding on the bubble. The pandemic has decimated both airlines and the tourism industry. According to Tourism Australia, 8,000 international visitors came in January – a 99% decrease from the year before.For both countries, pulling visitors from across the ditch is a crucial lifeline, particularly as lagging vaccine rollouts have forced politicians to warn other international travel may be some time off.
    While the New Zealand prime minister, Jacinda Ardern, said on Monday that her government was exploring options for travel bubbles with other Covid-free nations in the Pacific, it would not look further afield. Similarly, the Australian prime minister, Scott Morrison said on Sunday that Australia was “in no hurry to open those borders” to other countries.
    The questions is whether, after the initial flurry of reunions, the bubble between these two countries will offer a genuine economic boon for devastated tourism industries.Pre-Covid, Australians made up about 40% of the international visitors to New Zealand and spent $2.7bn in 2019. New Zealanders spent almost the same amount – $2.6bn in 2019, although Australia’s larger tourism market meant they only made up about 15% of visitors there. Perhaps aware of the political risks to welcoming Australians if there were to be an outbreak – a new poll by Research New Zealand for RNZ found 22% of New Zealanders were on the fence about the bubble and 28% were against an opening – Ardern has warned the high probability of fresh Covid-19 outbreaks meant the travel bubble could be burst at any moment.
    Indeed, new arrivals on Monday were warned they could be forced into quarantine in the event of an outbreak. But despite the tough stance, Ardern also seemed to get swept up in the enthusiasm on Monday, saying she was personally experiencing some of the excitement that had greeted the travel bubble. “I, like many New Zealanders, have friends and family in Australia,” she said, including some who were “desperate to return to New Zealand”.
    “I know how enthusiastically this has been greeted and I’m really pleased about that,” she said. “It is truly exciting to be able to welcome our Tasman cousins quarantine-free to Aotearoa.”Still, that level of uncertainty could mean that many holiday-makers will delay trips while they wait to see how it unfolds. Tourism NZ acknowledges this, saying its scenario modelling showed it could take until January 2022 for Australia to reach 80% recovery to pre-Covid 19 levels.

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  • Paradise cost: high prices and strict rules deflate Palau-Taiwan travel bubble | Taiwan | The Guardian
    http://www.theguardian.com/world/2021/apr/15/palau-taiwan-travel-bubble-high-prices-strict-rules
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    Palau-Taiwan Quarantine Free Travel Starts - 01 Apr 2021Mandatory Credit: Photo by Daniel Tsang/SOPA Images/REX/Shutterstock (11840467d) A woman waits to collect specimen samples for the first flight connecting Taiwan to Palau as Taiwan and Palau start a travel bubble scheme exempting visitors to undergo quarantine. The scheme allows Taiwanese people and Palauans to travel to each country without having to quarantine but gatherings and visits to crowded areas are prohibited whilst self management is compulsory for 9 days upon arrival to their home countries. But a COVID test before boarding the aircraft is required. Palau-Taiwan Quarantine Free Travel Starts - 01 Apr 2021It launched with a presidential escort and the promise of rare international travel to a postcard-perfect tropical island, but the Taiwan-Palau travel bubble has deflated after just a couple weeks, with Taiwanese bookings dwindling to single figures.
    Travel agents, consumers and health authorities have blamed the high cost of the tours and the Taiwanese government’s strict rules for returning travellers.The “sterile corridor” of bilateral tourism guaranteed travel between the two archipelagos, which are both otherwise closed to all tourists, on strictly managed, twice-weekly package tours.
    The inaugural flight, packed with nearly 100 passengers including Palauan president Surangel Whipps Jr, boded well, but this week China Airlines announced it had cancelled an upcoming flight from Taipei after just two people booked tickets. The airline told the Guardian it was constantly assessing the situation but it couldn’t guarantee further cancellations.
    Trans-Tasman travel bubble between New Zealand and Australia to start on 19 AprilTo go on the Palau holiday from Taiwan, tourists must make several health declarations, pay for Covid tests, and not have left Taiwan in the last six months. Upon return they had to complete 14 days of “self-health management”, including five “enhanced” management days banned from public transport and spaces. On Wednesday health authorities announced it was dropping the enhanced requirement, and agencies are hoping it’s enough to restore interest.
    One of the six agencies contracted to run the tours, Phoenix travel, told the Guardian they’d had “sporadic” individual bookings and inquiries about future tours, “but the momentum is not as good as expected”.“The fare is higher than normal, plus the cost of two PCR tests, and the inconvenience of health management after returning home are the reasons why most travellers maintain a wait-and-see attitude,” the spokesperson said.Gibsen Lin, marketing manager of Lifetour travel, said they had received many more inquiries for the upcoming summer holiday period from May to July, and that uncertainty about the process had also discouraged early take-up.
    “Many details were not determined at the beginning. They changed the rules of the game … and then gave consumers less time to react in the market,” Lin said.Taiwanese passengers pay between $2,100 and $2,800 plus associated costs for the group tour which runs for fewer than eight days, keeps the tourists away from crowded locations and local people, and doesn’t allow for autonomous activity.
    On Wednesday evening Whipps welcomed the easing and said returnees who didn’t show signs of fever and hadn’t been in the presence of anyone who did, could “go about their daily lives as usual”.Whipps also said costs had also been decreased, but did not detail by how much. He claimed the presence of Tropical Storm Surigae had also affected bookings, but that the two governments were working closely together to improve the bubble.
    He said his office had been “assured” that the next scheduled flight on 21 April would have more passengers. The Guardian has contacted the Taiwan government for confirmation of the changes and comment.Palau has recorded zero cases of Covid, and is on track to have 80% of its population vaccinated by the summer, while about 90% of Taiwan’s 1,062 cases were recently arrived people in quarantine, and there is no community transmission.The travel bubble was hailed as a lifeline for Palau’s tourism industry, which contributes almost half of its GDP, but had been completely stalled by the pandemic. Taiwanese made up the third-largest proportion of tourists in pre-Covid times, behind people from China and Japan.
    “We seek everyone’s support and patience as we continue to address challenges and improve the sterile corridor. Challenges help us improve customer experience and increase demand,” said Whipps.

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  • New Zealand suspends travel from India after jump in Covid-19 cases | New Zealand | The Guardian
    http://www.theguardian.com/world/2021/apr/08/new-zealand-suspends-travel-from-india-after-jump-in-covid-19-cases
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    NZ Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern Announces Plans For COVID Travel Bubble With AustraliaWELLINGTON, NEW ZEALAND - APRIL 06: Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern speaks to media during a press conference at Parliament on April 06, 2021 in Wellington, New Zealand. Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern announced that quarantine-free travel between New Zealand and Australia will start on Monday 19 April. The travel bubble will aid economic recovery by safely opening up international travel between the two countries while continuing to pursue a COVID-19 elimination strategy.
    New Zealand has temporarily suspended entry for all travellers from India, including its own citizens, for about two weeks following a high number of positive coronavirus cases arriving from the South Asian country.
    The move comes after New Zealand recorded 23 new positive coronavirus cases at its border on Thursday, of which 17 were from India.
    “We are temporarily suspending entry into New Zealand for travellers from India,” the prime minister, Jacinda Ardern, said in a news conference in Auckland.India is battling a deadly second wave of Covid-19 with daily infections this week passing the peak of the first wave seen last September.
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    The suspension will start on 11 April and will be in place until 28 April. During this time the government will look at risk management measures to resume travel.“I want to emphasise that while arrivals of Covid from India has prompted this measure, we are looking at how we manage high risk points of departure generally. This is not a country specific risk assessment,” Ardern said.New Zealand has virtually eliminated the virus within its borders, and has not reported any community transmission locally for about 40 days.But it’s been reviewing its border settings as more people with infections arrive in New Zealand, the majority from India.Ardern said the rolling average of positive cases has been steadily rising and hit 7 cases on Wednesday, the highest since last October.New Zealand on Thursday also reported one new locally infected case in a worker who was employed at a coronavirus managed isolation facility. The 24-year-old was yet to be vaccinated.The travel suspension came just two days after New Zealand announced it would be launching a trans-Tasman travel bubble with Australia on 19 April.

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  • New Zealand suspends travel from India after jump in Covid-19 cases | New Zealand | The Guardian
    http://www.theguardian.com/world/2021/apr/08/new-zealand-suspends-travel-from-india-after-jump-in-covid-19-cases
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    New Zealand suspends travel from India after jump in Covid-19 cases
    PM Jacinda Ardern said the government would look at risk management measures during suspension.NZ Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern Announces Plans For COVID Travel Bubble With AustraliaWELLINGTON, NEW ZEALAND - APRIL 06: Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern speaks to media during a press conference at Parliament on April 06, 2021 in Wellington, New Zealand. Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern announced that quarantine-free travel between New Zealand and Australia will start on Monday 19 April. The travel bubble will aid economic recovery by safely opening up international travel between the two countries while continuing to pursue a COVID-19 elimination strategy. New Zealand has temporarily suspended entry for all travellers from India, including its own citizens, for about two weeks following a high number of positive coronavirus cases arriving from the South Asian country.The move comes after New Zealand recorded 23 new positive coronavirus cases at its border on Thursday, of which 17 were from India.“We are temporarily suspending entry into New Zealand for travellers from India,” the prime minister, Jacinda Ardern, said in a news conference in Auckland.India is battling a deadly second wave of Covid-19 with daily infections this week passing the peak of the first wave seen last September.
    The suspension will start on 11 April and will be in place until 28 April. During this time the government will look at risk management measures to resume travel.“I want to emphasise that while arrivals of Covid from India has prompted this measure, we are looking at how we manage high risk points of departure generally. This is not a country specific risk assessment,” Ardern said.
    New Zealand has virtually eliminated the virus within its borders, and has not reported any community transmission locally for about 40 days.
    But it’s been reviewing its border settings as more people with infections arrive in New Zealand, the majority from India.Ardern said the rolling average of positive cases has been steadily rising and hit 7 cases on Wednesday, the highest since last October.New Zealand on Thursday also reported one new locally infected case in a worker who was employed at a coronavirus managed isolation facility. The 24-year-old was yet to be vaccinated.The travel suspension came just two days after New Zealand announced it would be launching a trans-Tasman travel bubble with Australia on 19 April.

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  • Covid-19: Australia and New Zealand will open a travel bubble starting April 19. - The New York Times
    https://www.nytimes.com/live/2021/04/05/world/covid-vaccine-coronavirus-cases

    Australia and New Zealand will open a travel bubble starting April 19.
    The Australia-New Zealand travel bubble is expected to deliver a boost to tourism and to families that have been separated by strict border closures.
    Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern of New Zealand announced on Tuesday that her nation would establish a travel bubble with Australia, allowing travelers to move between the countries without needing to quarantine for the first time since the pandemic began.The bubble, which will open just before midnight on April 19, is expected to deliver a boost to tourism and to families that have been separated since both countries enacted strict border closures and lockdown measures that have all but eliminated local transmission of the coronavirus.The announcement came after months of negotiations and setbacks, as Australia battled small outbreaks and officials in both countries weighed testing requirements and other safety protocols.
    “The director general of health considers the risk of transmission of Covid-19 from Australia to New Zealand is low and that quarantine-free travel is safe to commence,” Ms. Ardern said at a news conference.
    Since last year, Australia has permitted travelers from New Zealand to bypass its hotel quarantine requirements. New Zealand’s decision to reciprocate makes the two countries among the first places in the world to set up such a bubble, following a similar announcement last week by Taiwan and the Pacific island nation of Palau.Australians flying to New Zealand will be required to have spent the previous 14 days in Australia, to wear a mask on the plane and, if possible, to use New Zealand’s Covid-19 contact tracing app. In the event of an outbreak in Australia, New Zealand could impose additional restrictions, including shutting down travel to a particular Australian state or imposing quarantine requirements, Ms. Ardern said.
    She warned that the new requirements would not necessarily free up many spaces in New Zealand’s overwhelmed hotel quarantine system, which has a weekslong backlog for New Zealanders wishing to book a space to return home. Of the roughly 1,000 slots that would now become available every two weeks, around half would be set aside as a contingency measure, while most of the others would not be appropriate for travelers from higher-risk countries, Ms. Ardern said.Before New Zealand closed its borders to international visitors in March 2020, its tourism industry employed nearly 230,000 people and contributed 41.9 billion New Zealand dollars ($30.2 billion) to economic output, according to the country’s tourism board. Most of the roughly 3.8 million foreign tourists who visited New Zealand over a 12-month period between 2018 and 2019 came from Australia.Ms. Ardern encouraged Australians to visit New Zealand’s ski areas, and said she would be conducting interviews with Australian media outlets this week to promote New Zealand as a tourism destination.The bubble would also make it easier for the more than 500,000 New Zealanders who live in Australia to visit their families. “It is ultimately a change of scene that so many have been looking for,” Ms. Ardern said, addressing Australians. “You may not have been in long periods of lockdown, but you haven’t had the option. Now you have the option, come and see us.”

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  • Covid-19 : l’Australie veut établir une « bulle de voyage » avec Singapour
    https://www.lemonde.fr/planete/article/2021/03/14/covid-19-l-australie-veut-etablir-une-bulle-de-voyage-avec-singapour_6073066

    Covid-19 : l’Australie veut établir une « bulle de voyage » avec Singapour
    Le tourisme international, qui représentait 30 milliards d’euros par an pour l’économie australienne, a été réduit à néant par la crise sanitaire.
    L’Australie « travaille avec Singapour » à l’établissement d’une « bulle de voyage » entre les deux pays pour le mois de juillet, afin de relancer le secteur du tourisme, anéanti par l’épidémie de Covid-19. Le vice-premier ministre australien, Michael McCormack, a annoncé ce plan dimanche 14 mars à la télévision publique ABC : « Au fur et à mesure que le vaccin sera déployé, non seulement en Australie mais dans d’autres pays, nous rouvrirons davantage de bulles », a-t-il assuré.L’Australie avait fermé ses frontières dès le début de la pandémie afin d’empêcher toute flambée épidémique sur son territoire. Les personnes ne détenant pas la citoyenneté australienne ne pouvaient entrer dans le pays, sauf exception.
    L’accord devrait permettre aux Australiens et aux Singapouriens qui ont été vaccinés contre le Covid-19 de voyager entre les deux pays sans avoir à observer de quarantaine, selon The Sydney Morning Herald. Canberra espère que des visiteurs de pays tiers, voyageant pour les études ou les affaires, et des citoyens rentrant au pays puissent passer leurs deux semaines de quarantaine à Singapour avant de s’envoler vers l’Australie.
    De son côté, Singapour, qui a déjà ouvert sa frontière à quelques pays qui ont maîtrisé l’épidémie, y compris l’Australie, a confirmé être en « pourparlers avec l’Australie » à ce sujet ; la cité-Etat a tenu à préciser qu’elle n’était « pas en discussion [pour devenir] un centre de quarantaine ou un centre de vaccination ».L’Australie a déjà mis en place une « bulle de voyage » à sens unique avec la Nouvelle-Zélande, permettant aux Néo-Zélandais de se rendre en Australie sans quarantaine, même si ce programme a été suspendu à plusieurs reprises lors des résurgences épidémiques. Avant la pandémie, le tourisme international représentait environ 45 milliards de dollars australiens (30 milliards d’euros) par an pour l’économie australienne.

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  • Air New Zealand to trial ’vaccination passport’ - Asia Times
    https://asiatimes.com/2021/02/air-new-zealand-to-trial-vaccination-passport

    Air New Zealand will trial a digital travel pass to give airlines and border authorities access to passenger health information, including their Covid-19 vaccination status, the carrier said Monday.The scheme, dubbed a “vaccination passport” by industry observers, is intended to streamline travel once borders reopen by allowing passengers to store their health credentials in one place.“It’s essentially like having a digital health certificate that can be easily and securely shared with airlines,” said Air New Zealand chief digital officer Jennifer Sepull.It relies on an app developed by the International Air Transport Association (AITA) and other airlines including Etihad and Emirates have already signed up for their own trials.
    The industry body’s senior vice-president Nick Careen said it was an important milestone in restarting international travel as global vaccine rollouts get underway.

    #Covid-19#migrant#migration#sante#nouvellezelande#vaccination#passeportvaccinal#frontiere

  • Covid-19 dans le monde : au moins 200 millions de doses de vaccins déjà administrées, en grande partie dans les pays du G7
    https://www.lemonde.fr/planete/article/2021/02/20/covid-19-la-nouvelle-zelande-lance-sa-campagne-de-vaccination_6070633_3244.h

    La Nouvelle-Zélande a lancé samedi 20 février son programme de vaccination contre le Covid-19, avertissant qu’il s’agissait seulement d’un petit pas dans la longue lutte contre la pandémie. « C’est le début de ce que l’on pourrait appeler un nouveau chapitre, mais nous avons encore un long chemin à parcourir », a déclaré Ashley Bloomfield, le directeur général de la santé du pays.
    La campagne de vaccination démarre avec les agents d’immigration, avec le personnel travaillant dans les centres de quarantaine et le transport aérien, ainsi qu’avec les personnes vivant avec ces derniers. Le vaccin de Pfizer-BioNtech a été le premier à être approuvé par les autorités sanitaires néo-zélandaises.
    Le programme de vaccination, qui sera étendu petit à petit au reste de la population, commence quelques jours seulement après que les autorités ont levé un confinement de trois jours à Auckland. Malgré la campagne de vaccination, le gouvernement néo-zélandais a déclaré qu’il était peu probable que les touristes étrangers soient autorisés à revenir cette année.

    #Covid-19#migrant#migration#nouvellezelande#sante#vaccination#immigration#tourisme#etranger#pandemie

  • Covid-19 : comment l’Australie et la Nouvelle-Zélande réussissent à éradiquer le virus sur leur territoire
    https://www.lemonde.fr/planete/article/2021/02/15/covid-19-comment-l-australie-et-la-nouvelle-zelande-reussissent-a-eradiquer-

    Viser un taux d’incidence faible de l’ordre de 10 cas pour 100 000 habitants, très peu pour la Nouvelle-Zélande et l’Australie. Les deux pays océaniens estiment que, pour garder le contrôle sur l’épidémie, il faut tendre vers un objectif zéro. Wellington suit une politique « d’élimination » du Covid-19. Canberra de « neutralisation agressive ». Sous ces différences sémantiques se cache une même stratégie : empêcher toute circulation du virus sur le territoire national en écrasant la moindre flambée épidémique. Fin janvier, l’Institut Lowy de Sydney, qui a évalué la qualité de la gestion de la pandémie par une centaine de pays sur la base de six critères, a classé la Nouvelle-Zélande première, l’Australie huitième et la France soixante-treizième.
    Pierre angulaire de ce succès des antipodes : la fermeture des frontières aux étrangers non résidents et la mise en quatorzaine obligatoire de toute personne entrant dans le pays. Un système instauré précocement, dès le mois de mars 2020, et particulièrement étanche. Les voyageurs, qui pendant les premières semaines avaient été autorisés à s’auto-isoler, ont rapidement été envoyés dans des « hôtels de quarantaine » surveillés par la police et l’armée. « C’est un élément fondamental de notre politique de neutralisation, explique l’infectiologue australien Paul Griffin. Ces établissements agissent comme des barrières de protection vis-à-vis de notre population. Evidemment, le système n’est pas parfait. Il y a parfois des fuites. Mais, dès lors qu’elles sont rares, nos services sanitaires peuvent déployer efficacement nos autres outils de défense comme les technologies de traçage. »
    Pendant leur quatorzaine, les voyageurs sont testés à deux reprises. Depuis l’apparition des nouveaux variants, les fonctionnaires et salariés en contact avec ces personnes doivent se plier à des tests quotidiens. Grâce à ce cordon sanitaire frontalier, la plupart des habitants de ces pays n’ont subi qu’un confinement de quelques semaines depuis le début de la pandémie.
    « Coupe-circuits » En Nouvelle-Zélande, c’est le 23 mars que la première ministre, Jacinda Ardern, a donné quarante-huit heures à ses concitoyens pour se préparer à la fermeture de tous les magasins non essentiels et des écoles. L’archipel n’enregistre alors pourtant que quelques dizaines de cas quotidiens. Il faut « frapper vite et fort », martèle l’élue travailliste, qui vient de faire le pari de l’élimination, à contre-courant des autres pays occidentaux, qui misent soit sur un « contrôle de la courbe », soit sur l’immunité collective. Ce confinement strict durera un peu plus d’un mois avant d’être levé à pas comptés. Entre-temps, le virus a effectivement été éradiqué du sol « kiwi ». De l’autre côté de la mer de Tasman, Canberra a opté pour un confinement plus souple, mais a atteint pratiquement le même résultat. En mai, le Covid-19 a quasiment disparu sur l’île-continent. Depuis, les cas d’infection acquise localement sont rares et ils proviennent systématiquement de brèches dans le dispositif frontalier.

    #Covid-19#migrant#migration#australie#nouvellezelande#sante#frontiere#depistage#quarantaine#insularité#confinement#cordonsanitaire

  • L’Australie et la Nouvelle-Zélande craignent les nouveaux variants du Covid-19
    https://www.lemonde.fr/international/article/2021/01/31/en-australie-et-en-nouvelle-zelande-la-peur-des-nouveaux-variants-du-covid-1

    Le gouvernement de l’Etat d’Australie-Occidentale n’a pas attendu les résultats du séquençage génomique : dimanche, il a immédiatement décidé de confiner la ville de Perth pour cinq jours, quand il a appris qu’un agent de sécurité, travaillant dans un hôtel reconverti en centre d’accueil pour voyageurs en quarantaine, avait été testé positif au SARS-CoV-2. L’homme était affecté à l’étage où séjournait un malade porteur du variant britannique.Ce nouveau variant, plus contagieux, inquiète les autorités australiennes et néo-zélandaises qui ont réussi à limiter la propagation du coronavirus sur leur territoire en fermant leurs frontières aux étrangers non-résidents et en instaurant un système de quatorzaine obligatoire dans des hôtels. C’est la troisième fois, en quelques semaines, qu’une personne est contaminée à l’intérieur même de ces établissements.
    « Des dizaines de milliers de personnes ont transité par ces structures avec succès, mais nous cherchons comment rendre le système encore plus étanche », avait déclaré, jeudi 28 janvier, la première ministre néo-zélandaise, Jacinda Ardern, après la découverte de trois cas, porteurs du variant sud-africain, infectés dans un hôtel d’Auckland et diagnostiqués seulement plusieurs jours après leur sortie. Si le virus ne semble pas s’être propagé dans la population, l’incident a provoqué une onde de choc dans ce pays qui n’a connu que deux flambées épidémiques très rapidement éradiquées grâce à des confinements stricts (l’un national, l’autre local) : fermeture des magasins non essentiels et des établissements scolaires. Depuis le 18 novembre, les seules personnes testées positives l’avaient été dans ces hôtels où sont isolés tous les voyageurs revenant de l’étranger, érigés comme des remparts face à la pandémie.
    Pour s’assurer de leur étanchéité, la Nouvelle-Zélande et l’Australie ont multiplié les mesures de précaution : les confinés sont surveillés par la police ou l’armée, toute interaction avec les employés leur est interdite – les plateaux-repas sont livrés devant les portes et le ménage n’est pas fait – et ils ne doivent pas sortir de leurs chambres, sauf en Nouvelle-Zélande pour prendre brièvement l’air. Après l’émergence du variant britannique, les deux pays ont renforcé leur dispositif, exigeant des voyageurs qu’ils fournissent un test négatif avant même de monter dans l’avion. Canberra a également imposé au personnel navigant de se faire tester à l’arrivée sur l’île-continent et a provisoirement réduit, de 6 000 à moins de 4 000, le nombre de personnes autorisées à entrer dans le pays chaque semaine.
    « Ces nouveaux variants, plus contagieux, représentent un défi majeur. Ils peuvent se propager plus facilement dans les hôtels et, s’ils parviennent à s’échapper, le risque épidémique est évidemment accru », souligne l’épidémiologiste australien Tony Blakely. Mi-janvier, Sydney a noté que le nombre de confinés infectés par ces variants avait doublé en une semaine.

    #Covid-19#migrant#migration#australie#nouvellezelande#variant#frontiere#isolement#insularite#test#quarantaine#personnelnavigant

  • PM says New Zealand’s borders shut for much of 2021 – Asia Times
    https://asiatimes.com/2021/01/pm-says-new-zealands-borders-shut-for-much-of-2021

    New Zealand’s borders are likely to remain closed for much of the year as health officials assess global vaccine rollouts, Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern warned Tuesday.Ardern said the emergence over the weekend of New Zealand’s first case of community transmission in more than two months showed the danger Covid-19 still posed to a nation hailed for its response to the coronavirus.She said her government would not re-open its borders – which have been effectively closed to all but returning citizens since last March – while the pandemic was still raging worldwide.“Given the risks in the world around us and the uncertainty of the global rollout of a vaccine, we can expect our borders to be impacted for much of this year,” she told reporters.Still, Ardern said New Zealand would continue to pursue “travel bubbles” with Australia and Pacific island nations, which have also been largely successful at keeping out or containing the virus.
    Plans to open a travel bubble by the end of March were thrown into question when Australia suspended quarantine-free travel for Kiwis in response to the latest case of community transmission.
    Ardern said the case – a 56-year-old New Zealander who recently returned from Europe – was “well under control” and criticized Australia for re-imposing quarantine for New Zealanders.The center-left leader said she made her feelings known in a call on Monday with Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison.“If we’re to enter a trans-Tasman travel bubble, we need to give people confidence they won’t see border closures at very short notice over incidents that we believe can be well managed domestically,” she said.
    Officials in Canberra on Monday said the restrictions on New Zealanders were being imposed “out of an abundance of caution.”New Zealand Health Minister Chris Hipkins said 15 close contacts of the infected woman had tested negative for the virus, which has been identified as the more contagious South African variant

    #Covid-19#migrant#migraion#nouvellezelande#autralie#tasmanie#sante#test#bulledevoyage#frontiere

  • Golden ticket: the lucky tourists sitting out coronavirus in New Zealand | Coronavirus | The Guardian
    http://www.theguardian.com/world/2021/jan/01/a-golden-ticket-the-tourists-who-sat-out-coronavirus-in-new-zealand
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    Visitors from UK and North America tell of finding themselves with a pass to one of the best-rated pandemic responses in the world.For Christmas 2019 Efrain Vega de Varona gave his partner plane tickets to New Zealand – her dream holiday destination. It has proved a gift that keeps on giving.
    A year later they are still in New Zealand, having decided to stay put at the end of their two-week holiday in mid-March rather than return to Los Angeles. “We’ve been living out of two suitcases for 10 months,” says Vega de Varona from their latest Airbnb rental (number 50-something this year) in Island Bay, Wellington.The couple were among an estimated 250,000 overseas visitors in New Zealand just before the national lockdown and border restrictions in mid-March. Most returned home as restrictions lifted in subsequent months, but when the government extended temporary visas some decided they were better off where they were. By mid-May there were an estimated 120,000 temporary visa holders in New Zealand, among them tourists from the UK and North America who found themselves unexpectedly far from home – but with a pass to one of the best-rated pandemic responses in the world.After their flight to LA was cancelled and New Zealand went into lockdown, Vega de Varona and his partner, Ingrid Rivera, settled in the South Island coastal town of Kaikōura, where they helped to deliver groceries to local elderly people. Vega de Varona admits he had to be persuaded to stay on after the six-week lockdown. “Ingrid was the smarter one who said ‘This is the place to be – we’re not going back.’”
    The couple sold their home and cars in LA and spent 2020 travelling New Zealand while working on their motorhome rental business remotely. Rivera now plans to enrol to study, extending their visas; and they are exploring ways to put down roots by starting a business.“It’s just starting to feel like home to us,” says Vega de Varona.
    But as fortunate as they feel to have chanced upon a “golden ticket” through the pandemic, says Rivera, it has been tempered by fears for their loved ones in the US and Puerto Rico: “It’s obviously a completely different story for them.” Dr Tom Frieden, a US infectious disease expert and public physician, highlighted the stakes this week, tweeting that an American in New Zealand had a 200-times reduced risk of dying from Covid. Indeed, inquiries in emigrating to New Zealand from America climbed by 65% during May alone – representing interest from 80,000 individuals.For Eric Denman and Michelle Paulson, on holiday in New Zealand in March, the threat of going back to San Francisco was prohibitive. Paulson has lupus, putting her at elevated risk of coronavirus, so they decided to stay in Christchurch for lockdown. “We had a lot more faith in the New Zealand government in their ability to handle a pandemic – which turned out to be well founded,” she says.

    #Covid-19#migrant#migration#nouvellezelande#etatsunis#sante#tourisme#confinement#retour#emigration#morbidite

  • Vanuatu records first COVID-19 case in man who returned from US | Vanuatu | Al Jazeera
    https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2020/11/11/vanuatu-records-first-covid-19-case-in-man-who-returned-from-us

    Vanuatu has officially recorded its first case of COVID-19, health officials announced on Wednesday, ending the Pacific nation’s status as one of the few countries in the world to remain virus-free.Len Tarivonda, the director of Vanuatu Public Health, said the 23-year-old man had recently returned from the United States and was confirmed to have the virus on Tuesday after being tested on the fifth day of his quarantine.
    “A case detected in quarantine is considered a border case and not an outbreak,” the department said in a statement, adding that health protocols were in place to contain the virus. It added that the asymptomatic man, had been isolated from other passengers during his flight to Vanuatu because he had been in a high-risk location. He had transited in Auckland, New Zealand.The statement said the patient had adhered to all social-distancing rules on arrival and that contract-tracing of all the people who had been near to him was under way.“I want to assure all citizens and the public that the situation is under control and the government through the COVID-19 task force is prepared and ready to address this case,” Prime Minister Bob Loughman said at a press conference, according to Radio New Zealand.
    Vanuatu closed its borders in March as part its efforts to keep the pandemic at bay, only recently allowing in strictly controlled repatriation flights.
    Many Pacific island nations were concerned their poor health infrastructure made them particularly vulnerable to the pandemic. The remote island nations and territories of Kiribati, Micronesia, Nauru, Palau, Samoa, Tonga and Tuvalu are all believed still to be free of the virus.
    The Solomon Islands and Marshall Islands confirmed cases among returnees last month, although they have not reported community transmission.

    #Covid-19#migrant#migration#vanuatu#casimporte#frontiere#nouvellezelande#australie#etatsunis#test#quarantaine#insularite#pacifique

  • Contrôle de l’épidémie de Covid-19 : les leçons de la Nouvelle-Zélande – Réalités Biomédicales
    https://www.lemonde.fr/blog/realitesbiomedicales/2020/10/28/controle-de-lepidemie-de-covid-19-les-lecons-de-la-nouvelle-zelande

    Les chercheurs ont comptabilisé le nombre de cas de Covid-19 confirmés et probables dans chacune de ces cinq phases sur la base de la date estimée de contamination, autrement dit en fonction de la période d’exposition au coronavirus, définie comme la période d’incubation avant l’apparition des symptômes (ou de la date de notification du cas lorsque les données concernant le début des symptômes n’était pas disponible).
    Les épidémiologistes ont classé le type de transmission du virus selon que celle-ci était intervenue en dehors de la famille, dans un contexte familial, que la source de l’infection était un cas importé (en rapport avec un voyageur international dans les 14 jours avant le début des symptômes) ou associé à un cas d’importation (lien épidémiologique avec un cas importé), ou encore un cas d’infection acquise localement (sans notion de voyage international dans les 14 jours et sans aucun lien avec un cas importé). Enfin, les cas ont été évalués selon la sévérité de la maladie (hospitalisation ou décès) et comparés à ceux des patients présentant une forme clinique peu sévère.Enfin, dans leur analyse concernant la performance des mesures prises, les épidémiologistes ont évalué le temps moyen qui s’était écoulé entre d’une part le début de la maladie et la notification du cas, et d’autre part l’isolement du patient et son éventuelle hospitalisation.
    L’ensemble des mesures rapidement entreprises et mises en place par les autorités néo-zélandaises a porté ses fruits. Fin avril, le temps écoulé entre le début des symptômes et la notification du cas correspondant a été raccourci, passant de 9,7 jours à 1,7 jours. De même, le délai de la mise en place de l’isolement est passé de 7,2 jours à -2,7 jours, ce qui signifie que ces personnes se sont isolées plus de deux jours avant de présenter des symptômes. La mise à l’écart très rapide de ces patients a réduit d’autant le risque de transmettre le virus.
    Au total, 1 503 cas de Covid-19 ont été détectés en Nouvelle-Zélande entre le 12 février et le 10 mai 2020. Parmi eux, on dénombre 1 153 cas confirmés en laboratoire (77 %) et 350 cas probables (23 %). Rapporté à la population du pays, cela représente une incidence cumulée d’environ 30 cas pour 100 000 habitants. Ces cas ont été détectés, en grande majorité, par le traçage. Seulement 95 personnes (6,3 %) ont été hospitalisées et 10 patients (0,7 %) ont été admis en réanimation. Au total, en Nouvelle-Zélande, 22 individus sont décédés, soit 1,5 % des malades.
    Au cours de la phase 2, les chercheurs estiment que le taux d’infection par million d’habitants et par jour a été de 8,5. Il a été réduit de 65 % lors de la phase 3 (correspondant à la première moitié du confinement), atteignant alors 3,2.Il ressort que la majorité des sources d’infection dans ce pays insulaire correspond à des cas d’importation, la proportion des cas importés ayant décliné au fur et à mesure de la phase 3. Au total, 1034 cas importés ou liés à un cas d’importation ont été comptabilisés, soit 69 % du total des cas.L’incidence de la Covid-19 a été la plus faible parmi les enfants. Parmi les 782 cas pédiatriques liés à 316 clusters familiaux, seuls 9 cas sont survenus chez des enfants de moins de 15 ans, qui étaient par ailleurs les premiers cas survenus au sein de la famille.
    Par ailleurs, globalement, on a dénombré un plus grand nombre de cas parmi les femmes (56 %), parmi les patients âgés de 20 à 34 ans (34 %), d’origine européenne (73 %), avec un statut socio-économique élevé.
    Parmi les cas associés à un cas d’importation, on a dénombré un grand nombre de patients d’origine européenne et Maori. Ces derniers ont notamment été largement touchés lors d’un grand foyer épidémique (cluster) survenu lors d’un mariage. Celui-ci a constitué l’événement de super-contamination le plus important du pays. Les cas de Covid-19 ont été détectés dans toutes les régions, notamment dans des zones touristiques et dans les points de départ des trois plus grands foyers épidémiques. La majorité des infections localement acquises (424, soit 67 % de cas) est survenue avant le confinement. Les dix flambées épidémiques les plus importantes ont touché toutes les générations.

    #Covid-19#migration#migrant#nouvellezelande#europe#maori#sante#epidemiologie#casimporte#incidence#cluster#politique#frontiere

  • Scott Morrison casts gloom on Australia’s prospects for quarantine-free travel with Europe and US | Australia news | The Guardian
    https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2020/oct/11/scott-morrison-casts-gloom-on-australias-prospects-for-quarantine-free-
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    Scott Morrison has confirmed Australia will move “very cautiously” to reopen quarantine-free travel with a “handful” of countries, raising the prospect Europe and the United States will be excluded until 2022 unless a Covid vaccine is available.Morrison made the comments at a doorstop in Redbank, campaigning with Queensland’s Liberal National party leader, Deb Frecklington, and targeting the Labor premier Annastacia Palaszczuk over the state’s reluctance to remove its state border travel ban. On Sunday the federal tourism minister, Simon Birmingham, said that moves to establish quarantine-free travel with low-risk countries such as New Zealand “can’t be done at the expense of our health and economic strength at home”.
    “The prospects of opening up widespread travel with higher risk countries will remain very reliant on effective vaccination or other major breakthroughs in the management of Covid,” he told the Sun Herald.
    Australia needs to find its heart, brain and courage to recover from the Covid nightmare. The comments were widely interpreted to mean travel to and from Europe and the United States will continue to be subject to the compulsory two-week quarantine period, which makes travel uneconomical except for longer stays such as international students.
    Morrison told reporters New Zealand would be the “first step” and very soon New Zealanders “will be able to come to New South Wales, the ACT, and the Northern Territory”.

    #Covid-19#migrant#migration#australie#nouvellezelande#ue#etatsunis#frontiere#sante#vaccination#etudiant#trourisme#economie#payssur

  • Covid: Australia in talks over quarantine-free travel - BBC News
    https://www.bbc.com/news/world-australia-54499478

    Australia’s government says it is in talks with several nations about quarantine-free travel, but warns that Europe and the US will not be on the list.The first agreement would be with New Zealand, Prime Minister Scott Morrison said.Other nations that could follow suit are Japan, Singapore, South Korea and Pacific Island nations.Australia closed its borders in March, early into the pandemic. To date, it has recorded 27,263 cases and 898 deaths. It has fared better than other nations but recently saw a second wave in the state of Victoria, forcing Melbourne and its surrounding areas into another lockdown. Infections have fallen dramatically since.
    From Friday, New Zealanders will be able to travel to some Australian states - New South Wales, Canberra and the Northern Territory - without having to quarantine. But they will have to quarantine in a hotel upon their return home.

    #Covid-19#migrant#migration#australie#nouvellezelande#japon#coreedusud#singapour#sante#confinement#frontiere#circulation

  • New Zealand PM says ’we beat the virus again’ - Asia Times
    https://asiatimes.com/2020/10/new-zealand-pm-says-we-beat-the-virus-again

    Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern declared on Monday New Zealand “beat the virus again” and announced restrictions in the country’s largest city would be eased, after a second Covid-19 wave was contained.The virus was believed to have been eradicated in late May after a strict national lockdown led to New Zealanders enjoying 102 days without community transmission.
    But a new cluster emerged in Auckland in August, forcing the city of 1.5 million into lockdown for almost three weeks. With no new confirmed cases in Auckland for 12 days, Ardern said Monday the virus was now under control and congratulated residents for enduring the second lockdown.
    “It felt longer and dragged on in what was already starting to feel like a very long year,” she said. “But despite this, Aucklanders and New Zealanders stuck to the plan that has worked twice now, and beat the virus again.”
    Ardern said from late Wednesday Auckland would join the rest of New Zealand on level one, the lowest rating on the government’s four-tier virus alert system. Under the change, there are no restrictions on social gatherings, allowing the second Bledisloe Cup Test in Auckland on October 18 to be played in front of a full stadium at Eden Park. “This is positive news that (Auckland fans) will be able to enjoy Test match rugby,” New Zealand Rugby said in a statement. New Zealand has recorded only 25 Covid-19 deaths in a population of five million, with 40 active cases in the country on Monday. But Ardern, who faces a general election on October 17, warned success could not be taken for granted.She pointed to a decline in the use of the official Covid-19 tracing app and falling virus test numbers.
    “A resurgence of the virus is not our only worry, resurgence of complacency is right up there too,” Ardern said.

    #Covid-19#migrant#migration#nouvellezelande#confinement#isolement#insularite#sante#transmissioncommunautaire

  • All Blacks’ quarantine puts New Zealanders offside - Asia Times
    https://asiatimes.com/2020/09/all-blacks-quarantine-puts-new-zealanders-offside

    New Zealand Rugby on Thursday refused to rule out boycotting the end of this year’s Rugby Championship in Australia after organizers unveiled a schedule that would leave the All Blacks stranded in quarantine at Christmas. The row overshadowed plans for a tournament that host Australia described as a “mini-World Cup” over six weeks, with double-header matches each weekend featuring the Wallabies, South Africa, New Zealand and Argentina. “Six unmissable back-to-back double-headers featuring four of the very best Test nations in world rugby – all in our backyard – this really is a once-in-a-lifetime event,” Rugby Australia interim chief executive Rob Clarke said. Southern hemisphere governing body SANZAAR is staging the tournament in one country for the first time due to the Covid-19 pandemic, with the opening round in the Queensland state capital Brisbane on November 7.But it was the final round – which has the Wallabies playing the All Blacks in Sydney on December 12 – that needled NZR. With the New Zealand government enforcing a strict two-week coronavirus quarantine on all international arrivals, the schedule means the All Blacks face being isolated from their families at Christmas even if they fly home straight after the match

    #Covid-19#migrant#migration#nouvellezelande#australie#argentine#rugby#sante#competitionsportive#quarantaine

  • Hundreds of sailors fear being stranded for Pacific storm season amid Covid border closures | World news | The Guardian
    https://www.theguardian.com/world/2020/sep/07/hundreds-of-sailors-fear-being-stranded-for-pacific-storm-season
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    The crews of hundreds of ocean-going yachts fear being stranded in the Pacific islands during cyclone season with usual safe havens in New Zealand and Australia closed because of Covid-19 travel restrictions.Traditionally yachts sail south to escape the storm season but because of strict coronavirus protocols, the borders of both countries remain closed to all but their own nationals.Representatives of the sailors have been lobbying both governments. Pacific states face instability, hunger and slow road to Covid recovery. They have now gone public, claiming that a recent decision by New Zealand not to include cyclone refuge as a humanitarian ground allowing an exemption to Covid-19 entry restrictions put hundreds of people on an estimated 300 boats at risk.John Martin, of umbrella group Sail South Pacific, said the bulk of the boats were in French Polynesia, 18 to 25 days of sailing from New Zealand. Sail South Pacific and the Ocean Cruising Club have asked the New Zealand government to reconsider. The health ministry was alerted in April and in June the ministry said there would be an exemption process, raising the sailors’ hopes.
    But according to the ministry of health website, foreign vessels are not permitted to arrive in the country unless they have an exemption. Exemptions can be given if there was a substantial economic benefit to New Zealand, such as for superyachts undergoing repair or upgrades. Smaller yachts require exemption on humanitarian grounds but this does not include refuge from storm season, according to the ministry website.
    “For clarity, humanitarian reasons or other compelling needs would be unlikely to include situations relating solely to financial loss, or to vessels travelling primarily for pleasure or convenience such as tourists or ‘wintering over’,” the website reads.“People in vessels travelling to New Zealand to ‘winter over’ (eg to avoid hurricane/cyclone season in the Pacific) may have other genuine humanitarian reasons or other compelling needs for coming, which would need to be demonstrated in order for these vessels to qualify for an exemption.” Martin, who has been working with marinas in the north of New Zealand to ensure self-isolation aboard could be undertaken safely and to stagger arrivals, said the late decision not to grant exemption for sailors seeking safe haven from storm season was “very frustrating” and has left many “distraught”. Sailors have few alternatives. Under its ‘Blue Lanes’ policy, Fiji allows yachts and pleasure craft to sail into Port Denarau and, after completing Covid-19 safety requirements, those aboard can go ashore. Prime Minister Frank Bainimarama has pushed the ‘Blues Lanes’ policy, inviting billionaires to “escape the pandemic in paradise”

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  • Young Australians have long felt like citizens of the world. Covid has ended that | Brigid Delaney | Opinion | The Guardian
    https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2020/sep/04/young-australians-have-long-felt-like-citizens-of-the-world-covid-has-e
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    It is the mark of a privileged person, in the Before Times, that they never really had to think about borders. Their passport has allowed them to go pretty much anywhere, and to come and go from their home country as they pleased. Until Covid-19 hit and borders became hard, many Australians held, at least in their minds and imagination, a sort of dual citizenship. The first citizenship was Australia, a citizen of the world was the second.
    If you came of age in or after the 1990s, reciprocal working visas, cheap flights, the opening up of the international job market and the subsequent ease of movement lulled lucky Australians into thinking that borders were irrelevant.

    For the rich, talented, well-connected, well-educated and those under 31, visas for Australians in places such as the UK, Canada, the US and Europe were easy enough to come by. Dubbed “gold-collar workers”, so many Australians enjoyed the fruits of participating in a global economy that by 2004, a Senate committee was set up to quantify the number of Australians that had left and to investigate how their skills and experience might one day circulate back into the Australian job market and economy. By 2018 there were estimated to be around one million Australians living and working overseas. Freedom of movement was a right that was so fundamental as to be barely considered. That is until this year, when Australia became one of the only democracies in the world that has effectively banned its citizens from leaving the country. Now an Australian citizen or permanent resident is not permitted to travel outbound unless they apply to Border Force for an exemption. The criteria is strict. For sound public health reasons, we’ve built a fortress unlike anything experienced in our lifetimes This long run of hypermobility – ruinous for the environment with all those flights but enriching for those selling their skills to the highest bidder in the global marketplace – came to a dramatic halt on 25 March. What a strange thing it is to log on to Instagram these days and see your British or European friends enjoying holidays on Greek Islands or in Portugal, while we’re locked in our own country. For sound public health reasons, we’ve built a fortress unlike anything experienced in our lifetimes. Almost no one gets in and no one gets out. So far there’s been widespread public support for such far-reaching measures. And in Australia, like New Zealand, there seems to be some antipathy towards those who are stuck overseas and trying to get back in.They had their chance in March, goes the refrain from politicians, including the prime minister and New South Wales premier. Suck it up. An Essential poll has shown last week that a majority of respondents support a hardline approach on border closures. Whether this is due to concerns about more virus getting into Australia, or latent, cultural resentments about those who leave – a new manifestation of tall poppy syndrome – it’s hard to say.

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  • ’Here we go again’: Auckland fears a long lockdown as coronavirus returns | World news | The Guardian
    https://www.theguardian.com/world/2020/aug/13/here-we-go-again-auckland-fears-a-long-lockdown-as-coronavirus-returns
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    On Thursday, the prime minister, Jacinda Ardern, announced 13 new Covid-19 cases in Auckland, all linked to the original four confirmed cases from Tuesday’s outbreak. There are now 17 active community cases. Nineteen other active cases have been diagnosed in managed isolation and are linked to the border.

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