More than 1000 sign petition to extend NZ's border restrictions amid coronavirus pandemic

More than 1000 people have signed a petition urging the Government to extend New Zealand's border restrictions.

The petition wants current travel restrictions between China and Iran extended to "at least" Italy, South Korea and Japan.

"Unfortunately the list will possibly grow over the next few weeks," reads the petition description.

"There are numerous countries that have [coronavirus] now and look like China did regarding confirmed cases when attention was brought to the new virus emerging there."

It also asks the Government to ensure anyone who enters quarantine is monitored to ensure they stay in isolation. 

More than 220 people have been stopped from entering New Zealand since travel regulations were introduced on February 3.

New Zealand has imposed strict regulations to limit the spread of the potentially deadly COVID-19 coronavirus into the country. The illness, for which there is currently no vaccine, originated in Wuhan, China and has infected more than 128,000 people worldwide, killing roughly 4720.

The first restriction introduced by the Government was on individuals who had been in or through mainland China in the 14-days prior to them departing for New Zealand. On February 28, this restriction was extended to individuals who had been in or through Iran, where there has been a surge in coronavirus cases. Additionally, the restriction also applies to people who were passengers or crew on the Diamond Princess Cruise ship which was docked in Yokohama, Japan in February.

According to figures provided to Newshub by Immigration New Zealand, 222 people were prevented from entering Aotearoa between February 3 and March 5.

New Zealand currently has five confirmed cases of COVI-19 with no new cases confirmed since March 7.