New Zealand ‘eliminates’ coronavirus, lifts lockdown on Tuesday

The Prime minister of New Zealand, Jacinda Arden, said her country has “eliminated” coronavirus.

In the past days, the number of new cases recorded has reduced, making Arden to conclude that her country has “won” the battle against the deadly virus, saying the country no longer has widespread undetected community transmission.

The country recorded its first case of the disease in February 28.

In March and with few cases recorded, the country closed its borders. It later introduced a four-level alert system to manage the outbreak.

New Zealand was put in a nationwide lockdown while it began an extensive testing and contact tracing operation.

She, however, warned that the country must remain vigilant.

“There is no widespread undetected community transmission in New Zealand. We have won that battle. But we must remain vigilant if we are to keep it that way,” Arden said.

She also said the lockdown will be partially lifted as from Tuesday. The country will move from level four lockdown down to level 3.

“We are opening up the economy, but we’re not opening up people’s social lives,” she said.

New Zealand currently has 1,469 coronavirus cases and 19 deaths. 1,180 patients have recovered from the disease.

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