The India, Middle East and Africa region (IMEA) is a significant export market for New Zealand. It is also a region of vast diversity and varying levels of economic development.
There has been a strong response across IMEA to the COVID-19 outbreak, with most countries pausing or significantly commercial flights.
There are considerable social impacts across the region – with most events, gatherings, schools, entertainment, restaurants and sports venues closed across multiple markets. Governments are increasingly moving to stricter enforcement, including police patrols and curfews, broadly similar to New Zealand's COVID-19 Alert Levels Three and Four.