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Covid-19: Govt discussing whether Melbourne outbreak will impact trans-Tasman bubble

The Government is in discussions around whether the travel bubble with Victoria will be impacted over Melbourne's latest Covid-19 community outbreak. 

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Jacinda Ardern said there will be an update later today, after a fifth local case was reported in Melbourne. Source: 1 NEWS

A fifth community case was confirmed today in Melbourne, while new restrictions are being put in place after four other Covid-19 cases were reported yesterday. 

"Our health officials are in close contact with their counterparts in Melbourne," Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said this afternoon. 

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"We're just at the moment having a discussion as a team as to whether or not that will mean if there any flow-on impacts for the two-way travel."

She said she expects Covid-19 Response Minister Chris Hipkins to give an update on the situation later today.  

The latest pause on the travel bubble was with New South Wales earlier this month, lifting a few days later.