New Zealand has been one of the countries celebrating the lowest cases of coronavirus, which showed its ambition in eliminating the deadly virus.
Although the country isn’t celebrating yet, in the last few days, it has only been recording single digits in new cases. For instance, New Zealand reported just one new case on Monday.
Ashley Bloomfield, New Zealand’s Director-General of Health, on Monday said that this is a confidence booster that the country has achieved its goal of elimination, which never meant zero.
“But it does mean we know where our cases are coming from,” she added.
There has been only one case since April 1 and the authorities are still investigating the source of infection.
New Zealand’s Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern described the five-week total lockdown of strict level four lockdown measures which ended on Monday as “the strictest constraints placed on New Zealanders in modern history.”
After beating the virus, New Zealand on Tuesday eased into a less restrictive lockdown allowing 400,000 more residents to head back to work and 75% of the country’s economy operating.
According to Jacinda Ardern, the new level three restrictions also mean that New Zealanders will be able to hold small funerals and buy takeaways.
New Zealand recorded 19 deaths and 1,472 confirmed and probable coronavirus cases. According to Johns Hopkins University, out of the 1,214, 82 percent of confirmed and probable cases have recovered.