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Will isolate incoming passengers, New Zealand says

AFP
Published Mar 14, 2020, 12:09 pm IST
Updated Mar 14, 2020, 12:30 pm IST
New Zealand has had only six confirmed cases of the illness and all of those have been connected with international travelers
Travelers wearing masks wait for a flight at Phoenix Sky Harbor Airport in Phoenix. AP Photo
 Travelers wearing masks wait for a flight at Phoenix Sky Harbor Airport in Phoenix. AP Photo

New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern has announced what she says will be some of the toughest border restrictions in the world in an attempt to keep out the new coronavirus.

From Monday, all incoming passengers, including New Zealand citizens, will be required to isolate themselves for 14 days. The only countries exempt from the restrictions are a handful of Pacific islands that haven’t yet had any cases of COVID-19.

 

New Zealand has had only six confirmed cases of the illness. All of those have been connected with international travelers and there have been no signs yet of any local outbreaks.

The measures announced Saturday will have a big impact on New Zealand’s tourism industry, which provides the country’s largest single source of foreign income.

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