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New Zealand suspends flights to New South Wales

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New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern during a news conference prior to the anniversary of the mosque attacks that took place the prior year in Christchurch, New Zealand, March 13, 2020. REUTERS/Martin Hunter

May 7 Since 0:00 local time on the 7th, New Zealand suspended flights from New South Wales, Australia.

New Zealand made the decision after two Coronavirus cases were reported in Sydney, the capital of New South Wales. New Zealand’s Coronavirus Outbreak Response Minister Chris Hipkins said the 48-hour suspension could be extended given uncertainty about the situation in Sydney.

Australia called New Zealand’s move “overreactive.”

Sydney reported two Coronavirus cases on June 6, Australian health officials did not confirm the emergence of community transmission in Sydney. Even so, New Zealand’s Ministry of Health said a flight suspension was “very necessary.”

The non-segregated travel plan between New Zealand and Australia came into effect on April 19. On May 2, New Zealand briefly suspended flights from Perth, the capital of Western Australia.

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