New Zealand PM Jacinda Ardern temporarily suspends entry for all travellers from India

The suspension will start on April 11 and will be in place till April 28, 2021.

On Thursday, April 8, Prime Minister Jacinda Arden released new restrictions on international flights. On that note, PM Ardern announced temporarily suspension of entry for all travellers from India, including its own citizens, following a high number of positive COVID-19 cases arriving from there. The suspension will start on April 11 and will be in place till April 28, as reported by Reuters, quotes ANI.

Decision was taken due to increase of Covid-19 cases in India and decision comes after New Zealand recorded 23 new positive coronavirus cases at its border on Thursday, out of which 17 were from India. The suspension will start from  April 11 and will continue till April 28. During this time the government will also look at risk management measures to resume travel and to lift restrictions on international flights.

Prime Minister Jacinda Arden said in news conference, “This is not a permanent arrangement but rather a temporary measure. The temporary hold would also help reduce the risk that travellers themselves faced.”

She further added “I want to emphasize that while arrivals of COVID from India has prompted this measure, we are looking at how we manage high risk points of departure generally. This is not a country specific risk assessment.”

On Thursday, April 8, New Zealand reported one new local infection, a 24-year-old local inhabitants who was yet to be vaccinated. Till today, New Zealand has reported only 2,531 cases.

India also reached milestone in administrating Covid-19 Vaccine, India government manages to administer more than 9 crore doses.

India recorded over 1.26 lakh new COVID cases in the last 24 hours for first time since the beginning of the pandemic, setting an unprecedented, grim record during the second wave. 685 deaths were reported in the last 24 hours.

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