New Zealand suspends travel from India after 17 passengers test positive for COVID-19

April 08, 2021 | Updated 10:58 am

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New Delhi: New Zealand has suspended travel from India to tackle the rising infections of coronavirus in the country. The decision will be implemented from Sunday (April 11) and shall remain effective till April 28.

This decision by the New Zealand government comes after 17 of the 23 new covid-19 cases in the country were reported from the passengers who arrived from India.  The government is also observing other countries with a large number of coronavirus infections and will take actions accordingly.

In the meantime, the Health Department of the New Zealand government will try to find out a way to allow passengers from India and other countries to arrive safely there.

The Health Department will track the flights originating from hotspot countries along with tracking the route of those flight and take necessary actions accordingly.

Prime Minister of New Zealand Jacinda Ardern said that some of the arrivals had contracted Covid just before departing from their country of origin and that was why a temporarily halt was needed, reported NZ Herald.

Ardern also said that she couldn’t answer whether this temporary suspension of travel from India would last longer than April 28.

Meanwhile, the new coronavirus cases in India stayed above 1,00,000-mark for the second consecutive day on Thursday. The latest data shows, India reported 1,26,789 new COVID cases in the last 24 hours. The numbers jumped again for April 7, from 1,15,736 new COVID cases on April 6. An increase of more than 11,000 cases, as the country, witnesses the second wave of infection.

The uptick in new cases pushed the total number of COVID infections to 1,29,28,574 on Wednesday, the data from the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare showed. As per government data, more than 600 deaths were reported. As many as 685 people succumbed to COVID-19 related complications. The death toll of the country rose to 1,66,862 patients on Wednesday.