Melbourne/Wellington: Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern on Thursday introduced that New Zealand will briefly droop the entry for all travellers, together with its residents, from India for about two weeks from April 11 resulting from a surge in COVID-19 circumstances amongst guests to this nation.
The ban will start on Sunday and can stay in place till April 28, she mentioned. Whereas arrivals from India had triggered the danger evaluation, Prime Minister Ardern mentioned the Authorities can be taking a look at dangers posed by different COVID-19 hotspot international locations, the New Zealand Herald reported.
The journey restriction comes after New Zealand recorded 23 new constructive coronavirus circumstances in managed isolation on Thursday, of which 17 got here from India, the report added.
“This isn’t a everlasting association however fairly a brief measure,” Ardern mentioned, including that the non permanent maintain would additionally assist cut back the danger that travellers themselves confronted.
The ban covers all travellers, together with New Zealand residents and everlasting residents.
Whereas there have been earlier journey bans on travellers from some international locations, New Zealand has by no means suspended journey to New Zealand residents and residents, Ardern mentioned, including that she completely understands the issue that this non permanent suspension will trigger for Kiwis in India.
However I additionally really feel a way of accountability and obligation to search out methods to cut back dangers that travellers are experiencing, she mentioned.
Well being groups would use the time till April 28 to try to plan safer methods to just accept travellers from India.
However there have been no ensures officers would give you a greater answer, she mentioned.
“We have not recognized something apparent … however we’ve got to try to do higher,” Ardern mentioned.
She needed to take a look at the standard of a polymerase chain response (PCR) COVID-19 testing in different international locations and whether or not checks had been being taken within the 72 hours earlier than departure.
New Zealand has not reported any neighborhood transmission domestically for about 40 days.
COVID-19 circumstances had been spiking once more, significantly in India and Brazil, and New Zealand was not immune, Ardern mentioned.
The federal government had been reviewing its border settings in latest weeks, Ardern mentioned, including that in the end New Zealand needed to see fewer circumstances arriving within the nation.
COVID-19 circumstances in India hit a document excessive. India recorded 1,12,389 new circumstances on Wednesday, in accordance with a PTI tally, taking the general rely to 1,29,14,174. The one-day rise in coronavirus circumstances breached the one-lakh mark for the third time in 4 days. India noticed a document day by day rise on Tuesday, with over 1.15 lakh new infections.