The second wave of COVID-19 has hit India and a surge in cases has got the nation worried. Amid rising cases, New Zealand has decided to temporarily suspend entry of travellers from India, including its own citizens.
New Zealand took this call after 23 new positive cases were recorded at its border on Thursday, of which 17 were from India. At a press conference, New Zealand’s Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said “We are temporarily suspending entry into New Zealand for travelers from India.”
The entry of travelers from India has been barred for two weeks for now. The suspension will start from April 11 and will be in effect until April 28. However, Ardern did add that it was not a country specific risk assessment and that arrival from India prompted this measure.
New Zealand has not reported any community transmission locally in the last forty days. However, on Wednesday they recorded seven cases, highest since October 2020.