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New Zealand bans travellers from India as COVID-19 cases increase

New Zealand bans travellers from India as COVID-19 cases increase”

The suspension will be in place from 4 pm on 11 April and stay until 28 April.

In a live media update this afternoon, the PM stressed that this is a temporary measure to stop people travelling from India to NZ, due to the high number of cases coming from the region.

Emirates will temporarily restrict uplifting any passengers from India who planned to return to New Zealand from tomorrow morning.

Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern has announced a temporary suspension of travel from India to New Zealand.

"This is not a permanent arrangement but rather a temporary measure", Ardern said.

The travel halt was imposed after 17 of the 23 new Covid-19 cases reported in New Zealand on April 8 had arrived from India.

Ardern says the government has been concerned about high risk countries for some time. But it's been reviewing its border settings as more people with infections arrive in New Zealand recently, the majority being from India.

More news: Over 7.44 crore COVID-19 vaccine doses administered till now

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.

Fiji has been calling for travel bubble with the two countries from a year ago, which the Fijian government says will boost our once blooming tourism sector.

New Zealand has not reported any community transmission locally for about 40 days. India on Tuesday recorded over 1.15 lakh cases while 630 new fatalities were reported from across the country in a day.

Ardern said the rolling average of positive cases has been steadily rising and hit 7 cases on Wednesday, the highest since last October.

"We have looked into whether or not we have issues with accuracy of the pre-departure tests. So this suspension gives us the time to look at the problem more generally", she said.

The country's Director-General of Health Dr Ashley Bloomfield confirmed the man, 24, had not yet been vaccinated and travels to work in a private vehicle with a colleague.



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