Mar 19, 2020 - Health

Australia and New Zealand closing borders to all non-residents

New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern and Australian Prime Minster Scott Morrison during a February press conference in Sydney, Australia. Photo: James D. Morgan/Getty Images

AUCKLAND, New Zealand — Australia and New Zealand announced Thursday they're closing their borders to foreign travelers in response to the novel coronavirus outbreak.

Details: Australian Prime Minster Scott Morrison told a news conference that, effective 9pm Australian Eastern Standard Time Friday, all non-citizens and non-residents would be barred from entering the country. Australians can still return from overseas, but they must self-isolate for 14 days. In New Zealand, Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern told reporters the same measures would be introduced in the country at 11:59pm local time Thursday. Travelers on planes when the ban comes into effect in New Zealand would still be allowed to enter.

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Golden Princess held off New Zealand as passengers quarantined over coronavirus

The Golden Princess in Sydney Harbour in 2017. Photo: James D. Morgan/Getty Images

Passengers on another Princes Cruises ship have been prevented from disembarking over the novel coronavirus, this time off the South Island of Aotearoa New Zealand, Canterbury District Health Board (DHB) officials confirmed at a news conference Sunday.

The big picture: New Zealand has introduced some of the world's toughest border restrictions to combat the virus.

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Boris Johnson in intensive care as coronavirus symptoms worsen

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U.K. Prime Minister Boris Johnson is being treated in the intensive care unit of St. Thomas' Hospital in London due to increasingly severe coronavirus symptoms.

What they're saying: Cabinet minister Michael Gove told LBC radio on Tuesday morning Johnson was not on a ventilator. "The prime minister has received some oxygen support and he is kept under, of course, close supervision," he said.

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In photos: American expats cast their Democratic primary ballots in New Zealand

Mexicali Fresh owner Cindy Buell at her Auckland Waterfront restaurant, the polling station for the Democrats Abroad New Zealand presidential primary, on Saturday. All photos: Rebecca Falconer/Axios

AUCKLAND, New Zealand — The Auckland Waterfront restaurant Mexicali Fresh was transformed into a polling station Saturday, as Americans voted on a warm, sunny fall day in the global Democratic presidential primary.

Why it matters: Democrats Abroad New Zealand chair Mike Haught told Axios it's important for Americans outside the United States to stay connected and have a voice, especially as they must comply with a U.S. citizen-based tax system. "There are 9 million–11 million of us overseas, and if you put us together in a group, we're basically a state that's about the size of Virginia," he said. There are some 21,000 Americans in New Zealand.