There were more than 3000 more international passenger arrivals in the country this week compared to the same time last year despite the coronavirus outbreak, according to Customs New Zealand.
A total of 66,822 international air passengers arrived in the country ending Thursday, February 6 at 11.59pm, up from 63,272 passengers ending Thursday, February 7 last year, figures from an Official Information Act obtained by 1 NEWS showed.
It comes after travel restrictions for people who travelled through mainland China from entering New Zealand came into effect on Monday, February 3 at 12am.
At least 636 people have died from the illness in China, where the virus originated, while 31,400 people globally have been infected.
Around 1000 people a day are still arriving from China, the Ministry of Health said. It’s expected that they isolate themselves at home for two weeks.