Trans-Tasman travel on the agenda for NZ and Australian PMs meeting May 05, 2020 0 346 12345 DPAWellingtonThe possibility of making it easier to travel between their two countries will be on the agenda as New Zealand’s prime minister Jacinda Ardern joins Australia’s national cabinet meeting on Tuesday.At a press conference on Monday, Ardern confirmed she would join the meeting, which includes the Australian prime minister and all of Australia’s state and territory premiers and chief ministers, via video-link.“Such a meeting is without precedent...As far as I am aware, a meeting like this has never been done before,” she added.Ardern said she expected to formally discuss the “trans-Tasman travel bubble,” an idea that has been around since mid-April, which would allow Australians and New Zealanders to travel between both countries freely.She warned travel between the countries would not happen “in the very very near short-term” but both countries could see the opportunities it offered.“We need to lock in the gains we’ve achieved and ensure the health precautions are in place,” Ardern asserted.On Monday, New Zealand recorded no new cases of COVID-19 over a 24-hour period for the first time since March 11, health authorities said.Ardern said it was a cause of celebration that no new cases were confirmed for a full day but said it reflected the success of the country’s strict lockdown, which has since eased. Pages 12 RELATED ARTICLES Coronavirus cases pass 145,000 in new European blackspot Russia May 05, 2020 0 414 Japan extends pandemic state of emergency until May 31 May 05, 2020 0 483 Train fares for regional migrants in India spark political furore May 05, 2020 0 105 China defends virus record, accuses US of ‘groundless’ distraction DPA Berlin Chinese state media hit back at the US on Monday, accusing President Donald Trump’s administration of trying to distract from its own “incompetence” with allegations about the spread of the novel .. China province launches anti-racism push after outrage AFP Beijing China’s southern Guangdong province has launched a raft of anti-discrimination policies targeting businesses and venues after a heavy-handed crackdown on the African community sparked international .. Bangladesh to reopen shopping centres amid virus shutdown DPA Dhaka Amid a nationwide shutdown, Bangladesh has decided to reopen shopping centres from the weekend to allow people to buy goods ahead of the Muslim Eid-al-Fitr festival, the government said on Monday. The shopping .. Malaysians cautiously embrace partial lifting of COVID-19 lockdown DPA Kuala Lumpur After seven weeks of being told by authorities to “dudak rumah,” or stay at home, Malaysians tentatively resumed some aspects of pre-coronavirus life on Monday. Some businesses reopened and .. Vietnam fisheries reject Chinese fishing ban in disputed waters DPA Hanoi A Vietnamese professional fishing association on Monday rejected a recent Chinese fishing ban imposed on disputed waters in the South China Sea. “The Vietnam Fisheries Society (VFS) strongly opposes China’s ..