COVID-19: New Zealand First to Have ‘Eliminated’ Virus, Lifts Restrictions

New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern announced the country had successfully eliminated transmission of Coronavirus domestically and will lift all containment measures within the day as there are no active cases.

It will move its four-level alert system to level one – the lowest at midnight local time. During this, social distancing will no longer be mandatory and no limits will be placed on public and private events, public transport, and the retail and hospitality industry.

However, the country will keep its international borders closed. Ardern said she did “a little dance” when she was informed the country was virus-free.

“While the job is not done, there is no denying this is a milestone.
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So can I finish with a very simple Thank you, New Zealand,” she said.

The country has not reported a COVID-19 case for over two weeks. They had reported 1,154 confirmed cases and 22 deaths since the start of the pandemic.

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