COVID Surge: New Zealand Bars Entry To Indians

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Wellington: New Zealand on Thursday temporarily suspended entry for all travellers from India, including its own citizens, for about two weeks.

The move comes after New Zealand recorded 23 new positive coronavirus cases at its border on Thursday, of which 17 were from India.

“We are temporarily suspending entry into New Zealand for travellers from India,” Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said in a news conference in Auckland.

The suspension will start from 4 pm (local time) on April 11 and will be in force until April 28. During this time, the government will look at risk management measures to resume travel.

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, news agency Reuters reported.

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