Coronavirus ‘currently eliminated’ in New Zealand

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coronavirus covid-19 New Zealand brought in very tough restrictions on travel and activity early on in the pandemic. PIX: via BBC
New Zealand brought in very tough restrictions on travel and activity early on in the pandemic. PIX: via BBC

New Zealand says it has stopped community transmission of Covid-19, effectively eliminating the virus.

With new cases in single figures for several days – one on Sunday – Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said the country had “won that battle” for now.

The news comes hours before New Zealand moves out of its toughest level of social restrictions.

From Tuesday, some non-essential business, healthcare and education activity will be able to resume.

But officials have warned against complacency. Most people will still be required to remain at home at all time and avoid all social interactions.

“We are opening up the economy, but we’re not opening up people’s social lives,” Ms Ardern said at the daily government briefing.

New Zealand has reported fewer than 1,500 confirmed or probably cases of coronavirus and 19 deaths. – BBC

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