Coronavirus travel restrictions reconfirmed
Travel restrictions for Iran and China have been extended for a further seven days, and people arriving from northern Italy and South Korea will be required to self-isolate, the Prime Minister has revealed.
Jacinda Ardern gave an update on the Covid-19 coronavirus today after the Cabinet meeting.
As well as extending the current travel restrictions, Ardern says the New Zealand government has decided that those arriving from northern Italy and South Korea will be required to isolate themselves for 14 days and to register with Healthline.
"This is a balanced and precautionary approach," she says.
New Zealand's only person confirmed to have caught the virus was in a stable and improving condition, and 15 passengers who were near that person on the flight into New Zealand had been contacted, she says.
All but 10 passengers on the flight had been contacted, which was because of incorrect details given on their arrival cards.
"We wanted to contact those passengers, to give them reassurance, to give them advice."
She says with 87,000 cases of coronavirus globally, it was known that self-isolation worked and had "proved its worth in recent weeks".
Jacinda says she met health staff at Auckland Airport screening and those staffing Healthline over the weekend.
Businesses affected by the virus would be helped, with an extra $4 million allocated to the programme after chambers of commerce across the country asked for help, she says.
She says Ministry of Social Development teams are contacting employers on a daily basis.
It is still too early "at this stage" to determine the extent of the impact of Covid-19, Jacinda says.