New Zealand bans entry of travelers from India

Lahore, 8th April: New Zealand has temporarily banned the entry of travelers from India after a high number of coronavirus patients reported from the South Asian countries.

According to reports, New Zealand has suspended the entry of all travelers from India including its own citizens for two weeks.

As per reports, New Zealand recorded 23 new COVID-19 cases on Thursday of which 17 were from India.

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

The travel ban will start from 1600 local time on April 11 till April 28. The government will look at the situation further to resume travel measures.

As per reports, the rule applies to those who have been in India during the past 14 days. This is the first time that NZ has extended a travel ban to its own citizens.

Ardern added, “I want to emphasise 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.”

It is to be noted that New Zealand has controlled the number of coronavirus cases within the country and has not reported any local transmission for about 40 days.

However, on Thursday, a new local case has been reported in a worker employed at a coronavirus managed isolation facility.

On the other hand, India has recorded 12.8 million coronavirus cases, the most after the United States and Brazil.

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