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NZ to require pre-departure Covid-19 tests for most countries starting next week | 1 NEWS

The requirement for a negative pre-departure Covid-19 test before coming into New Zealand will come into force at 11.59pm on Monday, Government officials announced today. 

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It is another layer of border defence, says Covid-19 Response Minister Chris Hipkins.
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It does not include Australia, Antarctica or most Pacific Islands. Currently it only applies to the US and UK.

If passengers from outside the exempted countries arrive into New Zealand without proof of a negative test or medical certificate, they could be fined up to $1000 from February 8.

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Australian Open players and staff go into isolation after a hotel worker tests positive for Covid-19

A single case of Covid-19 at a quarantine hotel in Melbourne has forced organizers of the Australian Open to isolate 507 players, officials and support staff, just four days before the tennis championship is set to begin.



a group of people standing in front of a building: A man wearing a protective face mask is seen outside the Grand Hyatt in Melbourne.


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A man wearing a protective face mask is seen outside the Grand Hyatt in Melbourne.

Victoria Premier Daniel Andrews said late on Wednesday evening that a 26-year-old volunteer firefighter who had been working as a resident support officer as part of the tournament tested positive for the virus. Until then, the state had not seen local transmission of the virus

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