Coronavirus: Pause on quarantine-free travel from Victoria extended

The pause on quarantine-free travel from Victoria to New Zealand will be extended for now, the Ministry of Health has confirmed.

New Zealand health officials met again on Monday and determined that, at this time, a better understanding is still needed of the developing COVID-19 situation in Victoria, including the number and pattern of cases.

The state recorded 13 new infections on Monday and is currently in lockdown.

With the number of people linked to the outbreak growing, Australian health authorities have advised that further announcements for the state are expected on Tuesday.

However, the Ministry of Health confirmed quarantine-free travel with Queensland remains in place, with officials deeming that the state continues to pose a low COVID-19 public health risk to New Zealand.

Health officials in New Zealand are also monitoring South Australia closely after a case of COVID-19 was reported in the community.

"Factors considered in reaching these decisions today included whether any new cases were identified, whether they were infectious in the community, and the results of COVID-19 testing of any contacts and from the wider community," the Ministry of Health says.

"Ministry of Health public health staff remain in close contact with Australian health authorities about the actions being taken in each state.

"Border controls, including pauses to quarantine-free travel, remain a key tool for stopping the introduction and spread of new COVID-19 cases from overseas. The ongoing pause with Victoria is a precautionary - but necessary - measure while investigations continue."

The pause on quarantine-free travel from Victoria and New South Wales will be reviewed again on July 21.