NZ suspends journey from India amid Covid surge

Wellington, April 8

New Zealand has for the first time imposed a temporary ban on travellers coming from India, including its citizens, from April 11 to 28 due to a surge in Covid-19 cases among visitors to this country, Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said on Thursday.

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This is not a permanent arrangement but rather a temporary measure. The temporary hold will also help reduce the risk that travellers themselves face. — Jacinda Ardern, Prime Minister

The travel restriction comes after New Zealand recorded 23 new positive coronavirus cases in managed isolation on Thursday, of which 17 came from India, Director-General of Health Ashley Bloomfield was quoted as saying by media reports.

While arrivals from India had triggered the risk assessment, Prime Minister Ardern said the government would be looking at risks posed by other Covid-19 hotspot countries. The ban will begin from 4pm local time on April 11 and will be in place until April 28, she said. —PTI 

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