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Premier says 55 Kiwis travelled to Victoria

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There was widespread confusion on Sunday as Premier Daniel Andrews revealed previous estimates of 17 New Zealanders arriving in Victoria had jumped to 55 as state and federal leaders accused each other of responsibility for the bungle.

It was initially reported that 17 people arrived in Sydney from New Zealand and flew on to Melbourne on Friday, the first day of the one-way trans-Tasman "bubble".

But the Victorian government has said it did not expect to receive global travellers as a result of New South Wales making a travel bubble arrangement with New Zealand.

More than 100 days after the lockdown was imposed on Melbourne's five million residents to fight an out-of-control surge of COVID-19 cases, authorities said that as of midnight they were lifting a two-hour limit on the time people could spend outside their homes for permitted activities.

The political stoush that has erupted over the transtasman travel bubble between state and federal governments sparked a war of words with Andrews during his press conference on Monday, with the Premier seemingly blindsided to learn that dozens had arrived in Victoria over the weekend.

"We're repatriating Australians as well".

But the federal government, which is responsible for worldwide borders, has repeatedly stressed the program is working as it should, with the arriving travellers able to move through the country subject to state's quarantine restrictions like any other Australian citizen.

"Clearly it was easy from the New Zealand end to tack on Australian domestic ticket sectors, and it was likely there was no warning given to booking staff", he said.

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"Currently the Victorian borders are open", the Department of Health and Human Services said.

"I guess if there were going to be mistakes made, better make them on this version of the bubble than when we try on two-way bubbles with places like Fiji, Singapore or Japan".

The Victorian government website tells potential travelers that they should not enter the state if they have symptoms of coronavirus.

In response to Mr Tudge's statement, Professor Sutton said he had attended the meeting in question but was not present for the trans-Tasman bubble discussion. "We can't change that". "They've got a responsibility in this respect and they should be taking it", he said.

"The limitations to New Zealanders coming to Australia were not very well communicated by the Australian government, the New Zealand government or by the NZ travel industry to the New Zealanders generally", Beirman said.

State Premier Daniel Andrews set November 1 as the date for the next stage of lifting restrictions, but said some could be eased earlier if cases remained low and had a known source.

People in Australia must stay at least 1.5 metres away from others.

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