New Zealand Suspends Entry Of Travellers From India Amid Covid Surge

WHAT?

New Zealand today temporarily suspended entry for all travellers from India, including its own citizens, for about two weeks. This comes following a high number of positive coronavirus cases arriving from the South Asian country.

WHY?

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.

WHEN?

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.

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New Zealand has virtually eliminated the virus within its borders, and has not reported any community transmission locally for about 40 days.

But it's been reviewing its border settings as more people with infections arrive in New Zealand recently, majority being from India.