New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern warned that an outbreak of mouth and nail disease (FMD) in Indonesia could threaten thousands of jobs in her country. Wellington and neighboring Australia are currently stepping up border biosecurity restrictions in the face of the outbreak.
“We want to ensure that all of our arrangements can work to protect ourselves from this emerging threat,” he added.
There are currently no direct flights from Indonesia to New Zealand. But Ardern said it was important to stop the outbreak from entering the country, which could possibly be transmitted through Australian tourists who have visited Southeast Asia.