Corona virus: New Zealand suspends entry for travelers from India

WELLINGTON (Reuters) – On Thursday, New Zealand temporarily suspended entry to all travelers from India, including its own citizens, for nearly two weeks, after the number of coronavirus cases from that country increased.

The move comes after New Zealand recorded 23 new cases of coronavirus on its borders, including 17 from India.

“We are temporarily suspending entry for travelers from India to New Zealand,” New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern told a news conference in Auckland.

The suspension will begin at 4:00 PM local time on April 11th and will remain in effect until April 28. During this period, the government will review risk management measures to resume travel.

India has recorded 12.8 million cases of COVID-19, the highest number after the United States and Brazil. It is currently fighting a second wave of infection. The number of new daily cases this week surpassed the peak of the first wave seen last September.

(Praveen Menon, Camille Raynaud’s French version)

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