New Zealand says the transmission of the new coronavirus has stopped in the country, effectively eliminating the virus. With only one new infection on Sunday, Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said that the virus had been currently “eliminated”, reports British public broadcasting BBC.
The news comes just before New Zealand will relax its strictest social restrictions. From Tuesday, some non-essential business, health, and education activities can resume.
Most people still have to stay at home and avoid all social interactions. “We open the economy, but we do not open people’s social lives,” said Ardern at the government’s daily briefing.
New Zealand has reported fewer than 1,500 confirmed or probable cases of the coronavirus and only 19 deaths to date.
How can that island’s success be explained? Of course, the separate geographical structure plays an important role.
Prime Minister Ardern also scored with her rigorous approach; for example, potential Covid-19 patients were tested very early in the process.
Government officials warn of complacency and say that this does not mean that new cases of the coronavirus are to be brought to an end altogether.