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New Zealand suspends entry of travellers from India as COVID-19 cases rise

New Zealand suspends entry of travellers from India as COVID-19 cases rise

WELLINGTON:  New Zealand on Thursday temporarily suspended entry of all travellers from India, including its own citizens, following a high number of coronavirus cases arriving from the 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 battling a deadly second wave of COVID-19 with daily infections this week passing the peak of the first wave seen last September.

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.

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