New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern declared that from midnight of 8th June the country will move onward to alert level 1 in which life will get back nearly to normal.
At the point of time when the whole world is struggling with the rapidly growing coronavirus, New Zealand has declared that they have wiped out the novel virus which causes the disease.
This amazing announcement was released on Monday when New Zealand’s health authorities informed that they no longer have any active cases of COVID-19. The Pacific island nation is amongst a small number of countries that have risen from the global pandemic, which first seized the United States and has now transformed Latin American into a hotspot.
It has now been 17 days since the last new case was observed in New Zealand, an Monday also was considered to be the first time following late February that no active cases were reported.
New Zealand even implemented a strict lockdown for about seven weeks, in which majority of businesses were closed and everyone besides the essential workers had to stay at home.
Specialists say that its solitary location in the South Pacific gave New Zealand the needed time to observe how outbursts spread in all the other countries. Considering New Zealand, only about 1,500 people contracted the virus of which merely 22 fatalities were recorded. On Monday, New Zealand’s Health Ministry mentioned in a statement that the last COVID-19 patient who was being supervised had cured.
However, the officials, have alerted that new cases could be introduced into the country, as for now, it has locked borders to everybody besides citizens and residents, with exceptional circumstances.
This country which has over five million citizens has followed an elimination strategy to overcome the virus and not just contain it. Elimination did not mean the removal of the virus permanently from New Zealand, but phasing out the “chains of transmission” for a minimum of 28 sequential days after the most recent infected patient was kept in isolation, which would be on June 15, the ministry stated.
Along with this, a strict lockdown was put into effect by the Jacinda Ardern government.
Presently, New Zealand has determined to move forward to national Alert Level 1 from the present-day Level 2. On Monday, New Zealand’s Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern stated that all the previously implemented measures in the country will be raised from Tuesday, excluding border closure constraints.
She even mentioned that the public and private events can be carried on without any limitations, and the retail and hospitality sectors can function normally, and even all public transportation can restart.
Director-General of Health Dr. Ashley Bloomfield mentioned, “Having no active cases for the first time since February 28 is certainly a significant mark in our journey but as we’ve previously said, ongoing vigilance against Covid-19 will continue to be essential.”