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New Zealand govt raises travel advice to 'do not travel' over coronavirus

Reuters | Wellington | Updated: 19-03-2020 06:29 IST | Created: 19-03-2020 06:29 IST
New Zealand govt raises travel advice to 'do not travel' over coronavirus

New Zealand on Thursday advised its citizens not to travel overseas due to the risks posed by the coronavirus. "We are raising our travel advice to the highest level: do not travel," Foreign Minister Winston Peters said in a statement.

"This is the first time the New Zealand Government has advised New Zealanders against travelling anywhere overseas. That reflects the seriousness of the situation we are facing with COVID-19," he said. Earlier on Thursday, New Zealand confirmed eight new cases of coronavirus linked to overseas travel, taking the total number of infections in the country to 28. (Writing by John Mair; Editing by Tom Hogue)



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