New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern announced on Monday that the country’s last positive coVID-19 case had recovered and that the country’s new coronal confirmed cases had now been cleared,media BGR reported. New Zealand has now been downgraded to a COVID-19 1 level alert, meaning major gatherings such as concerts and sporting events can be held again. New Zealand has reached this milestone with one of the fastest and most stringent blockades in the world.
There are a few important caveats when it comes to New Zealand’s miraculous victory over the coronavirus. First of all, New Zealand is a Japan, so it is much easier to close borders and cut off all travel before the country can control the situation. In addition, New Zealand has a population of only 5 million, and the country’s population density ranking is not high. But without a solid plan of action to be implemented shortly after the outbreak was announced, New Zealand would not have been able to achieve this goal so quickly.
A total of 1504 confirmed cases of COVID-19 and 22 deaths have been reported in New Zealand.
Here’s what New Zealand Prime Minister Ardern says about this achievement (via Newsroom).
In less than 11 weeks, our team of 5 million people has made both sacrifices and great achievements, as the world is and will continue to face this virus, which has gone from obscurity at the beginning of the year to a global pandemic that will linger and the second wave is a constant reality.
It has been 40 days since the last confirmed case of community transmission occurred, and 22 days after the man completed self-isolation. So today I can announce that the Cabinet has agreed that we will now enter a level 1 alert — to open our economy fully again — and we will begin almost immediately. We’ll lower our alert level to COVID-19 1 from midnight tonight.
Level 1 is the lowest alert level in New Zealand (from a total closure of level 4 in late March), allowing large gatherings such as concerts and sports to be brought back online, and restaurants and public transport will be able to resume operations.