New Zealand temporarily bans travellers from India including own citizens
This suspension will be for about two weeks till April 28th and it comes after New Zealand recorded 23 new COVID-19 cases at its border, 17 of which were from India.
New Zealand on April 8, 2021 temporarily suspended entry for all travellers from India, including its own citizens due to high number of COVID-19 cases in the country.
This suspension will be for about two weeks and it comes after New Zealand recorded 23 new COVID-19 cases at its border, 17 of which were from India.
New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern announced the temporary ban in a press conference, saying “We are temporarily suspending entry into New Zealand for travellers from India."
New Zealand PM Jacinda Ardern temporarily suspends entry for all travellers from India, including its own citizens, following a high number of positive #COVID19 cases arriving from there. The suspension starts on April 11 and will be in place until April 28: Reuters pic.twitter.com/MCNUdLZTNs— ANI (@ANI) April 8, 2021
•The temporary ban on travellers from India will begin from 1600 local time on April 11 and will be in place until April 28.
•During this period, the New Zealand government will look at risk management measures to resume travel.
•The suspension will apply to anyone who has been in India during the past 14 days including New Zealand's own citizens.
•This is the first time that New Zealand has extended any bar on entry of its own citizens and residents.
The New Zealand Prime Minister during her press briefing said, “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."
Why has New Zealand temporarily banned travellers from India?
•New Zealand has almost virtually eliminated the COVID-19 virus within its borders and has not reported any local community transmission for almost 40 days.
•However, the nation has been reviewing its border settings as more infected people have been arriving recently, mostly from India.
•New Zealand PM Jacinda Ardern informed that though pre-departure testing requirements have reduced the number of positive cases coming from other countries but that’s not been the case with India.
•The suspension has been invoked to give the government time to look at the problem in a more detailed manner.
COVID-19 in India
•India has been recording almost more than 1 lakh new COVID-19 cases since the past few days, which is the highest-ever single-day tally since the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic last year.
•Overall, India has recorded almost 12.8 million COVID-19 cases, which is the third-highest COVID-19 caseload in the world after the United States and Brazil.
•It is now undergoing its second wave of coronavirus cases, which looks to be more deadly than the first with a huge spike in daily cases. The second wave of COVID-19 comes amid India's ongoing vaccination drive, which is one of the largest in the world.
India reported 1,26,789 new COVID-19 cases, 59,258 recoveries and 685 deaths in the last 24 hours, as per the Union Health Ministry statement on April 8, 2021.
This takes the total number of coronavirus cases in India to 1,29,28,574, which includes 9,10,319 active cases, 1,18,51,393 recoveries and 1,66,862 fatalities.
India has also administered about 9,01,98,673 doses of COVID-19 Vaccine.