New Zealand imposes temporary ban on travelers from India

New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern announced that the country has imposed a temporary ban on travelers from India from April 11 on wards due to the massive increase in Covid-19 cases, news agency Reuters reported.

The suspension of entry for all travelers, including New Zealand’s own citizens, begins from 4 pm local time on April 11 and will be in place until April 28, the New Zealand PM was quoted as saying by the agency. During this time the government will look at risk management measures to resume travel, Jesicca added.

The temporary ban comes at a time when India has been reporting over 100,00 cases of the coronavirus disease (Covid-19) daily for the past three days. The country’s total case tally has gone up to 12.8 million, according to the Union ministry of health and family welfare.

Meanwhile, New Zealand has virtually eliminated the virus within its borders, and has not reported any community transmission locally for about 40 days, Reuters reported, adding that the country has been reviewing its border settings as more people with infections came recently, majority from India. New Zealand logged 23 new positive coronavirus cases at its border on Thursday, of which 17 were from India.