It has been 17 days since the last new infection with coronavirus case was reported in the New Zealand and Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern, 39, said she was conﬁdent New Zealand had halted the spread of the virus.
„We are conﬁdent we have eliminated transmission of the virus in New Zealand for now, but elimination is not a point in time, it is a sustained effort,” she said at a news conference. At the same time, she warned that possibly new cases will occur. „We have to make sure , and we are , that we are prepared.” Ardern announced that the Cabinet had agreed to remove almost all remaining virus restrictions from midnight, with the exception of the border strictures. At the country’s borders isolation and quarantine will continue.”We can hold public events without limitations. Private events such as weddings, functions and funerals without limitations,” Ardern said.
Previously, she acted decisively by imposing a strict lockdown. 75 days of restrictions included a strict lockdown in which most businesses were shut and everyone except essential workers had to stay home. Just over 1,154 people contracted the virus in New Zealand. 22 of them died. The country has 5 million people. Recent surveys suggest Arden is well placed to win a second term in September’s election.