New Zealand bans arrivals from India from April 11

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WELLINGTON, April 8 (Xinhua) -- New Zealand on Thursday announced a temporary ban on arrivals from India in order to curb a rapid rise in COVID-19 cases in its managed quarantine facilities.

From April 11 to 28, flights from India to New Zealand will be suspended in order to reduce the number of arriving passengers from India who test positive for COVID-19.

Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern told a press conference that anyone who had been in India in the past 14 days would be banned from entering New Zealand until April 28.

The ban applies to anyone who has been in India, covering New Zealand citizens and residents, Ardern said.

She said that she understood that the temporary ban would affect New Zealand citizens and residents currently living in India, but she felt "a sense of responsibility and obligation to find ways to reduce risks that travelers are experiencing."

The decision came as New Zealand reported 23 newly imported COVID-19 cases in managed isolation facilities on Thursday. Among them, 17 people came from India. Enditem

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