Air New Zealand chief executive says Trans-Tasman travel bubble unlikely in next six months
Charlotte Graham-Maclay reports for the Guardian:
Australians and New Zealanders have long pinned their hopes on a possible Trans-Tasman bubble that would allow travel between the two countries to resume in less than two weeks in a government-run quarantine at both ends.
But the CEO of Air New Zealand told an Australian newspaper that he did not expect the “bubble” to be in place for at least another six months.
Greg Foran, who heads the New Zealand flag airline, commented to the Sydney Morning Herald, adding that he “certainly does[es] I don’t believe we will see anything in the whole of Tasman this calendar year. “
“It’s hard to believe it will be before March next year and it could be longer,” he said.
The prime ministers of both countries have often been asked about the proposed “bubble” since the idea was first launched, but neither would commit to a schedule before the coronavirus is brought under control.
There are 909 active cases of the virus in Australia, and Melbourne remains blocked. New Zealand has 71 active cases.
UK at ‘critical point’ over Covid-19, leading scientists to tell the public
Report by Heather Stewart and Josh Holiday:
Top British government scientists will make a direct appeal to the public on Monday, warning that the coronavirus trend is “going in the wrong direction” and “a critical point has been reached”
As Downing Street is considering imposing national curbs to contain a sharp jump in cases, England’s chief medical officer Chris Whitty will make a rare televised address with the UK’s chief scientific adviser, Sir Patrick Valance.
Scientists will present the latest data on the spread of the disease and urge people to be careful. Whitty is expected to warn: “We are looking at the data to see how to manage the spread of the virus before a very challenging winter.”
Their intervention comes after ministers have been accused of undermining trust, from failures and broken promises of testing and tracking to scandals such as Dominic Cummings’ travels.
London could become the newest area subject to regional restrictions, with Mayor Sadiq Khan meeting with council leaders on Monday. A Khan spokesman said: “The situation is clearly deteriorating … it is better for both health and business to move too early than too late”:
Hello and welcome to today’s coverage of the coronavirus pandemic.
My name is Helen Sullivan and I will introduce you to the latest as the United States approaches the devastating stage of 200,000 dead.
The current death toll is 199,481 at Johns Hopkins University tracker. The total number of cases in the United States is 6,792,075.
Britain, meanwhile, is at a critical juncture in the Covid-19 pandemic and is facing a very challenging winter, one of the government’s top medical advisers will warn at a public briefing on Monday.
“The trend in the UK is going in the wrong direction and we are at a critical juncture in the pandemic,” England Chief Medical Officer Chris Whitty said in a statement scheduled for 10 a.m. Monday.
Here are the key events of the last few hours:
- Cases in Britain are on the rise in what Boris Johnson has described as the second wave of the virus, with large areas of the country subject to restrictions on social freedom, and London is expected to be next. Britain reported 3,899 new cases on Sunday after a four-month high of 4,422 on Saturday.
- Tens of thousands of private tenants in England and Wales could be at risk of losing their homes when the eviction ban ends on Monday, election groups say. Tenants in England and Wales were protected from eviction during the Covid-19 outbreak by a ban announced in March, which was subsequently extended, meaning that anyone who received an eviction notice on August 29 received a six-month notice period.
- Lebanon on sunday said it confirmed 1,006 new cases of coronavirus and 11 deaths from the disease in 24 hours, in a new record for the country affected by the crisis, reports AFP.
- Thousands of protesters calling for Benjamin Netanyahu to resign gathered in Jerusalem, despite the Israeli national blockade, which took effect on Friday.
- The French Ministry of Health reported 10,569 new cases in 24 hours, which is less than the record increase of 13,498 for the previous day. Another 12 deaths have been reported in the last 24 hours, with the death toll rising to 31,585. The latest increase in yesterday’s tax deaths could reflect late-arriving data on earlier deaths, according to Reuters.
- The United States conducted a record million tests on Saturday – but experts say the country must achieve targets of between six and ten million a day to control the outbreak.
- Myanmar announced an order for a stay at home for your biggest city, Yangon, from Monday, after the record daily rise in new coronavirus cases on Sunday.
- The United Kingdom reported an additional 3,899 laboratory-confirmed cases of coronavirus. This leads to a total of 394,257. According to government figures, the death toll has risen from 18 to 41,777.
- Authorities in the northeastern Chinese province of Jilin have found the coronavirus on the packaging of imported squid, health authorities in the city of Fuyu said on Sunday, urging anyone who may have bought it to be tested.
- Russia has reported 6,148 new cases. This was the second day in a row that the daily number of cases exceeded 6,000, with the national number of infections reaching 1,103,399.
- Indonesia reported 3,989 new cases, for a total of 244,676. Data from the country’s health ministry also show 105 new deaths, with a total of 9,553, the highest death toll in Southeast Asia.