NEW ZEALAND has temporarily banned all travelers from India from entering amid an increase in positive cases of COVID-19.
As reported by the Times of India, the ban came out as soon as there were reports of 23 new positive cases at the border, 17 of which were from India. This temporary ban will take effect from April 11-28, 2021.
According to New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern recently said this step was a step by the state in managing high-risk points of departure in general, not a country-specific risk assessment.
“We are temporarily suspending entry to New Zealand for travelers from India. New Zealand has been praised by many for its handling of the pandemic, and is one of the countries that has reported zero positive cases of COVID-19,” said Jacinda Ardern.
She added that not a single community transmission was reported locally for about 40 days in the country. This month to note, India is currently experiencing the second wave of COVID-19 with the number of daily infections experiencing an unexpected increase. [sources/photo special]