Coronavirus: New Zealand Says Almost Everyone Entering Must Self-Isolate

Date: 2020-03-14 07:58:43

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“New Zealanders’ public health comes first.”

New Zealand introduced one of the most severe measures by a nation to control the spread of the coronavirus, announcing that almost every individual who enters New Zealand, including citizens and residents, will be required to self-isolate for 14 days.

People coming in from the Pacific Islands — unless they show Covid-19 symptoms — will be excluded from the restrictions that will be imposed from midnight Sunday, Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said Saturday at a press conference in Auckland. Cruise ships will not be allowed into New Zealand until at least June 30.

The decisions come after a Covid-19 Cabinet committee meeting on Saturday. New Zealand has already banned visitors from China and Iran, while people arriving from Italy and South Korea needed to self-isolate for 14 days.

The government is also encouraging New Zealanders to avoid all non-essential travel overseas to help reduce the risk of bringing the virus back with them.

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