New Zealand bans people coming from India, know reason here!

Jacinda Ardern New Zealand's prime minister during a news conference in Wellington New Zealand

Jacinda Ardern New Zealand's prime minister during a news conference in Wellington New Zealand

According to reports, this happens to be the first time that New Zealand has imposed a temporary ban on the entry of travellers coming from India, including its citizens.

The New Zealand government has said that the ban on people coming from India will start from April 11 and continue till April 28.

Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern has announced a temporary suspension of travel from India to New Zealand. New Zealand PM Jacinda Ardern has taken a decision in this regard on Thursday.

But I also feel a sense of responsibility and obligation to find ways to reduce risks that travellers are experiencing, she said.

The announcement was made soon after the country reported 23 new positive cases at its border.

Meanwhile, India on Wednesday registered 1,15,736 new Covid-19 cases in a span of 24 hours, its biggest rise so far.

New Zealand-Australia travel bubble to start on April 19
The idea of the travel bubble has been in the news for almost 12 months but has previously been scuttled due to outbreaks. People will also be denied travel if they have any cold or flue symptoms.

During this time the New Zealand government will look at risk management measures to resume travel and lift the restrictions. The ban will also apply to those who are New Zealand citizens and are now in India for some reason.

"We want to see fewer cases arriving in general", Ardern says.

While there have been previous travel bans on travellers from some countries, New Zealand has never suspended travel to New Zealand citizens and residents, Ardern said, adding that she absolutely understands the difficulty that this temporary suspension will cause for Kiwis in India.

But it has been reviewing its border settings as more infected people have been arriving recently, majority from India. India on Tuesday recorded over 1.15 lakh cases while 630 new fatalities were reported from across the country in a day.

"We have looked into whether we have issues with the accuracy of pre-depature tests - that has not demonstrated that is where the problem lies, so this suspension gives us a bit of time to look at the issue more generally". The 24-year-old was yet to be vaccinated.

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