As of midnight tomorrow every person arriving in New Zealand apart from those coming from the Pacific islands will have to self- isolate, Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern says.

Ardern said the “unprecedented measures” are the result of a decision to take an active approach to preventing further Covid-19 cases in New Zealand.

The isolation policy will be reviewed in 16 days’ time, with the potential for it to be extended, Ms Ardern said.

“As of midnight Sunday, every person entering New Zealand – including returning New Zealand citizens and residents – will be required to enter self isolation for 14 days – everybody,” Ms Ardern said.

“The Pacific are exempted from this measure.”

Ardern also announced new border-exit measures, which mean people will not be allowed to travel from New Zealand to the Pacific Islands if they have any Coronavirus symptoms, or if they have travelled outside of New Zealand within the past 14 days.

The Prime Minister also announced that no cruise ships will be allowed to come to New Zealand until June 30.

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