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