September 19, 2020 | 1:38 AM IST
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Amidst Coronavirus, New Zealand, Australia to discuss opening borders to boost tourism

New Zealand and Australia are thinking of opening up the borders to each other despite the Coronavirus pandemic. New Zealand Prime Minister Jacindia Ardern will be participating in Australia’s emergency Coronavirus Cabinet meet on Tuesday to chalk out the road map for the same.
Sources reveal that Ardern and Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison are likely to discuss their strategies to further slow the spread of Coronavirus and resume the to and fro of tourists in a meeting.

Through a statement, the New Zealand Foreign Minister Winston Peters, on Monday, said, “The idea of a bubble with Australia was floated two weeks ago, and this is an example of the sort of action that could happen within it, while always ensuring the protection of public health.”
He added, “Officials in both countries are considering all aspects of the trans-Tasman concept, and planning how this could happen more broadly.”
Sealing the borders after the pandemic struck, gave the two nations’ tourism industry a severe blow. The prospect of opening the corridor between the two nations was first mooted by New Zealand PM Ardern in April.
Both the nations have slowed the growth of virus in the recent weeks and so far, while Australia has a total of 6,822 cases with 598 casualties, New Zealand has 1,487 cases with 20 fatalities.

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