The community outbreak of Covid-19 in Melbourne has driven the possibility of a trans-Tasman travel bubble between New Zealand and Australia well into the distance, Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern says.
Before such travel was possible, Australia would need to have 28 continual days with no community transmission, Ardern said, suggesting that could be at least several months away.
Ardern was asked on her Monday morning media slots about the developing situation in Melbourne, where the state government is stepping up its lockdown in response to a worsening community outbreak of Covid-19.
There are 760 active cases of Covid-19 with no known source in Melbourne, meaning they were acquired in the community. It has been 93 days since New Zealand last saw a case of Covid-19 with no known source.