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Quarantine-free travel to Australia from New Zealand could be in place by the end of April, Radio New Zealand reports.

Ministers are working on the proposal, which could be put to Cabinet as soon as Monday. Deputy prime minister Grant Robertson says he is “very optimistic” about the travel bubble being opened soon.

It would be conditional on there being no coronavirus outbreaks or lockdowns in the meantime.After a year of closed borders, New Zealanders have greeted the news with enthusiasm, particularly those with family in Australia and the tourism industry, which has been struggling in the absence of international visitors.The National party has been pressuring the government to open a travel bubble between the two countries immediately.

Blanket orders not to resuscitate some care home residents at the start of the Covid pandemic have been identified in a report by England’s care regulator.

A report published by the Care Quality Commission (CQC) found disturbing variations in people’s experiences of do not attempt cardiopulmonary resuscitation (DNACPR) decisions during the pandemic.

Related: Blanket ‘do not resuscitate’ orders imposed on English care homes, finds CQC

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