New Zealand suspends Indian travellers’ entry amid covid surge



New Delhi: Amid the steep rise in daily number of covid cases in India, New Zealand on Thursday temporarily suspended entry for all travellers from the south Asian country, including its own citizens. The ban will remain in force for about two weeks following a high number of positive coronavirus cases arriving from the South Asian country.

The move comes after New Zealand recorded 23 new positive coronavirus cases at its border on Thursday, of which 17 were from India.

“We are temporarily suspending entry into New Zealand for travellers from India,” Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said in a news conference in Auckland.

India is currently witnessing the worst surge of coronavirus pandemic since the beginning of the pandemic. The country has reported over one lakh daily cases for thrice in a week, which is world’s highest daily toll for any country at the moment. 

The suspension will start from 1600 local time on April 11 and will be in place until April 28. During this time the government will look at risk management measures to resume travel.

“I want to emphasize that while arrivals of COVID from India has prompted this measure, we are looking at how we manage high risk points of departure generally. This is not a country specific risk assessment…,” Ardern said.

New Zeland was one of the very first countries across the world to declare itself covid free. However, the state has been reporting few positive cases in the border areas and in line with the same, the country is currently reviewing its borde settings. 

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