It is heartbreaking to see families on the other side of the world embrace austerity again a year later
Monday was the first day that New Zealand lifted its two-week quarantine commitment for arrivals from Australia. Crowds set off to the airport to meet loved ones again. Powerful photos appeared in the world press.
As reported by MTI, a year later, New Zealand authorities have allowed passengers from Australia to enter the country without quarantine as of Monday. Although most Australian states had already allowed New Zealanders to go into quarantine last year, it just happened, citing sporadic coronavirus infections in Australia.
Looking at the opening, Australian Airlines Qantas announced that it will increase the number of flights between the two countries to 200 flights per week, and Air New Zealand will increase the number of flights to thirty, or nearly four times, on Monday. However, 97 percent of the seats on the aircraft were filled.
Both Australia and New Zealand have restricted border crossings for foreigners in some form for more than a year, which is partly why the relatively few virus patients have registered. Since the start of the epidemic, there have been 29,500 infections in 26 million Australia and 910 deaths from the virus, just over 2,200 infections and 26 deaths in five million New Zealanders.
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