Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern declares her country NewZealand to be ‘Covid-19 free’. This is a great claim and she has made it recently with a pride.
This is a real achievement for the country and the Prime Minister is happy to announce it to the outer world.
New Zealand health authorities on Monday announced that the country had no active cases of COVID-19 cases after the country´s final patient was given the all-clear and released from isolation.
A country of five million has won praise for its handling of the pandemic, which involved a strict seven-week lockdown that ended last month after the virus was contained.
For seventeen days there have been no new infections , until Monday, just one active case for more than a week.
Ardern said “We are confident we have eliminated transmission of the virus in New Zealand for now. Therefore restrictions such as social distancing and limits on public gatherings are no longer needed. However strict border controls will remain in place.”
New Zealand has moved down to Level 1, the lowest rating on its four-tier virus response system, means nightclubs can operate without dance floor restrictions and theatres will reopen.