- New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern announced on Thursday (April 8) that all travellers from India will be temporarily barred from entering the country.
- During a press conference in Auckland, Jacinda Ardern said that this measure will be in effect starting from 4 p.m. on April 11 and will last until 28 April.
- Following the arrival of large number of COVID-19 cases from the country, the orders were issued.
In light of a growing number of positive Covid-19 cases arriving from India, New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern temporarily suspended entry for all travellers from India, including its own residents, on Thursday.
“Travelers from India are temporarily barred from entering New Zealand,” Jacinda Ardern, PM of New Zealand said during a news conference in Auckland.
The suspension will begin from 4 p.m. on April 11 and last until April 28.
Ardern went on to say, “I’d like to emphasise that, while the arrival of Covid from India triggered this action, we’re still looking at how we handle high-risk departure points in general. This isn’t a country-specific risk assessment.”
New Zealand PM Jacinda Ardern temporarily suspends entry for all travellers from India, including its own citizens, following a high number of positive #COVID19 cases arriving from there. The suspension starts on April 11 and will be in place until April 28: Reuters pic.twitter.com/MCNUdLZTNs— ANI (@ANI) April 8, 2021
More people with infections have recently arrived in New Zealand, the majority of whom are from India, prompting the country to study its border settings.
The New Zealand government will assess risk control steps in order to resume travel during this period.
On Thursday, New Zealand announced 23 new positive coronavirus cases at its border, with 17 of them coming from India.
New Zealand has nearly eradicated the virus within its boundaries, with no population transmission confirmed in the last 40 days.
Meanwhile, India recorded 1,15,736 new Covid-19 cases in a 24-hour span on Wednesday, the highest number so far.
With the increase, India’s total number of cases has risen to 1,28,01,785.
The country has also recorded 630 Covid-related deaths in the last 24 hours, with an active case count of 8,43,473, according to the Union Health Ministry.
59,856 people have recovered from the coronavirus in the last 24 hours. The total number of people who have died has risen to 1,66,177.