"While the [new Melbourne community] case announced today is not unexpected as a contact of a case announced yesterday, New Zealand officials have assessed that the most cautious option is to pause the travel bubble with Victoria as there are still several unknowns with the outbreak".
Victoria has recorded one new coronavirus case as health authorities race to contain a fresh outbreak in Melbourne ahead of the imposition of new restrictions.
From 6pm Tuesday, private gatherings in households will be limited to five people, with public gatherings limited to 30 people in the area.
Acting premier James Merlino said the restrictions were necessary and would apply to Melbournians wherever they travel outside greater Melbourne.
Schools and workplaces will stay open and there are no changes to current density rules.
Morrison, however, will take his plan on travel exemptions to the national cabinet - the group of federal and state government leaders - next week, the Australian newspaper said in a report on Monday, without citing any source. "We need to explore that, but we need to finish the very lengthy, very detailed interview with that case this morning", he said.
Professor Sutton confirmed the COVID-19 variant in the Whittlesea outbreak is B1617, which was first identified in India in October past year.
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The four cases are a male in his 30s, a male and female in their 70s and a preschool-aged child.
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Moderna said clinical trials show its COVID-19 vaccine is "safe and effective" in children between ages 12 and 17. The Centre neither pursued deals with the USA vaccine makers nor did it invest to scale up domestic production.