Published on : Thursday, April 8, 2021
The suspension will start from 1600 local time on April 11and will be in place until April 28. During this time the government will look at risk management measures to resume travel.
Ardern said that they want to emphasize that while arrivals of COVID from India has prompted this measure, they are looking at how they manage high risk points of departure generally. This is not a country specific risk assessment.
New Zealand has virtually eliminated the virus within its borders, and has not reported any community transmission locally for about 40 days.
But it’s been reviewing its border settings as more people with infections arrive in New Zealand recently, majority being from India.
Ardern said the rolling average of positive cases has been steadily rising and hit 7 cases on Wednesday, the highest sincelast October.
New Zealand also reported one new locally infected case in a worker who was employed at a coronavirus managed isolation facility. The 24-year-old was yet to be vaccinated.