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New Zealand’s Prime Minister, Jacinda Kate Laurell Ardern has stated that the nation will not have open borders to rest of the world for a long time to come. 

New Zealand recorded no new coronavirus cases for a second day in a row on Tuesday, and Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said the outcome of her discussions with Australia on a travel bubble between the two countries would be announced later in the day.

Ardern joined Australia’s coronavirus cabinet meeting on Tuesday as the neighbouring countries discuss reopening their borders to travel following their successes in containing the disease. 

Key notes


  • Ardern: Intends to issue statement after AUS cabinet meeting ends.
  • Ardern: Case for increasing economic relations between NZ and Australia is clear, when it is safe to do so.
  • Ardern: International travel unlikely to start for some time but looking at whether we can work something out with Australia.
  • Ardern: We will not have open borders to the rest of the world for a long time to come.

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