Most people entering NZ required to self-isolate for 14 days

Tough new requirements for people arriving in new Zealand from anywhere but the Pacific Islands is required to self-isolate for 14 days.

And the mosque attack memorial has been cancelled.

A sixth case of ZCovid-19 has been confirmed (again in Auckland).

Stuff: Everyone coming to New Zealand must isolate for 14 days, Prime Minister Ardern says

From midnight Sunday, every person arriving in New Zealand will have to isolate themselves for 14 days, Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern has announced.

The prime minister gave an update on New Zealand’s response to the Covid-19 outbreak on Saturday afternoon. She said it is not realistic for New Zealand to only have a handful of coronavirus cases.

Strict new border exit measures to the Pacific Islands will also be put in place.

Travel restrictions would be reviewed in 16 days, the PM said.

People should also stay home if they’re sick, and avoid contact with older people.

Anyone with coronavirus symptoms will not be allowed to travel there and those who have been overseas elsewhere will have to wait 14 days.

Soon after the press conference Air New Zealand said it wass reviewing the impact of the “new measures announced this afternoon on its operations and will adjust its capacity accordingly. We expect to provide an update on network changes over the next few days”.

RNZ: Mosque attack memorial service called off due to Covid-19 coronavirus concerns

A statement released about 1pm said the event, to be held at Horncastle Arena in Christchurch at 3pm tomorrow, was expected to attract a large crowd, with many travelling from around New Zealand and from overseas.

Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said while there was no community transmission of Covid-19 in New Zealand, a precautionary approach to protect the health of all New Zealanders was being taken.

“This is a pragmatic decision. We’re very saddened to cancel, but in remembering such a terrible tragedy, we shouldn’t create the risk of further harm being done.

“The advice we received for this event, is that based on people travelling from different parts of the country and from overseas, if there was a case it could be difficult to trace those who had come into contact with that person, so we are taking a cautious approach.

The only surprise about this is that it took so long.

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16 Comments

  1. Alan Wilkinson

     /  14th March 2020

    Should let Chinese and Korean students back in under similar conditions.

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  2. Kitty Catkin

     /  14th March 2020

    Cancelling the Mosque commemoration is total over-reaction.

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    • duperez

       /  14th March 2020

      Do you want someone to say cancelling the Mosque commemoration (or any other event for that matter) is not a total over-reaction? Or is that as self evident to some as your contrary view so doesn’t need saying?

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      • Kitty Catkin

         /  15th March 2020

        What ?

        Do people carry on like this in the annual flu season which kills about 500 people (more than the road toll) and affects 200,000 ?

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  3. Alan Wilkinson

     /  14th March 2020

    I suspect international arrival taxi fares will be rising sharply. And AT will have trouble staffing Auckland Airport buses.

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    • david in aus

       /  14th March 2020

      I don’t think there will be many passengers by next week. NZ has effectively shut off international travel to all except NZ residents. Even then, who will fly them to NZ?

      I expect some airlines flying to NZ filing for bankruptcy over the coming months stranding some overseas, and Air NZ asking for a government bailout.

      Reply
  4. Corky

     /  14th March 2020

    Has Jacinda just won herself a second term? Someone has certainly told her straight. Being a major gate way to the Pacific has added extra pressure on NZ.

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    • Alan Wilkinson

       /  14th March 2020

      Premature. Could be the start of s deep recession which lasts until the constraints are lifted. And when could that be? Only after the whole population has been vaccinated sometime in 2021 if we are lucky.

      Reply
  5. Mike Hor

     /  14th March 2020

    Should have been done weeks ago.

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    • Duker

       /  15th March 2020

      No . Too early. The restrictions get ignored if they last too long before the peak arrives

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  6. NOEL

     /  14th March 2020

    I find the Pacific Island exemption a little insulting.
    To travel to Samoa one has to have a medical inspection no more than three days before travel. Yet no corresponding demand on Samoans visiting here
    https://www.iamat.org/country/samoa/risk/tuberculosis

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  7. David

     /  14th March 2020

    About time and a typical Clayton’s response. Close the bloody border you stupid woman with exemptions for returning NZers who must self isolate.

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  8. oldlaker

     /  14th March 2020

    I can’t see how anyone can know that there is “no community transmission of Covid-19 in New Zealand”. It seems likely that the disease can be transmitted by people who are asymptomatic or have mild symptoms they perhaps imagine is a cold.
    That seems to be the reason cases have exploded in countries like Italy. They had a handful of cases one week and suddenly the number ballooned.

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    • David

       /  14th March 2020

      Italians are old and very very social as well as having a useless broke government it was never going to end well.

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      • Duker

         /  15th March 2020

        Just a larger number of Chinese living in Northern Italy, (300,000) and many bought it back from China around their New year…
        “Prato, Tuscany has the largest concentration of Chinese people in Italy and all of Europe. It has the second largest population of Chinese people overall in Italy after Milan”
        https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chinese_people_in_Italy

        Australia and NZ would have been caught the same if the University studies began earlier than they do around beginning march

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  9. lurcher1948

     /  15th March 2020

    Hell i hate the underarm bowlers australians, on the day we were going to remember the deaths of 51 caused by an australian,tarrant an australian brings the virus to my city WELLINGTON, another reason to HATE australians,,

    Reply

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