Coronavirus outbreak: New Zealand shuts border to all foreigners; citizens, permanent residents allowed to return

Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern told a press conference that citizens and permanent residents can still return, but their options are running out as many commercial airlines are cancelling flights

Reuters March 19, 2020 15:39:52 IST
Coronavirus outbreak: New Zealand shuts border to all foreigners; citizens, permanent residents allowed to return

Wellington: New Zealand closed its borders to all foreigners from midnight on Thursday, as it stepped up efforts to contain the spread of the coronavirus in the country.

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Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern told a press conference that citizens and permanent residents can still return, but their options are running out as many commercial airlines are cancelling flights.

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“We will no tolerate risk at our borders,” Ardern said at a news conference, adding that borders will remain open for freight and cargo and urged people not to panic-shop.

New Zealand has so far confirmed 28 cases of the coronavirus .

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