By Colin Packham and Praveen Menon
SYDNEY/WELLINGTON (Reuters) – Australia and New Zealand said on Tuesday efforts to resume travel between the two countries would take some time, as they cautiously re-open their mostly shuttered economies after containing outbreaks of the novel coronavirus.
Australia and New Zealand have for more than a month closed their borders to all non-citizens and imposed mandatory quarantines on anyone returning home from overseas.
Both countries have a COVID-19 mortality rate of just 1%, well below most other countries, with the number of new cases just a fraction of their March peaks.
Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison said travel across the Tasman Sea (NYSE:) between the neighbours would be the first international route re-started and would likely begin around the time domestic air…