New Zealand will lift restrictions now that the last-known COVID-19 patient has recovered. Prime Minister Ardern said although transmission of the virus has been "eliminated" it will take work to keep it that way. New Zealand declared no known active COVID-19 cases on Monday. With the country due to relaxing nearly all its coronavirus restrictions. A statement from the Ministry of Health said the last remaining case. A woman from Auckland has now been symptom-free for 48 hours and regard as a recovery condition.
Director-General of Health Ashley Bloomfield said the patient was now able to leave isolation. And that having no active cases for the first time since February was "a significant mark in our journey." It's been 17 days since New Zealand's last new case reported, while 40,000 people have tested at that time.
With New Zealand's last known COIVD-19 patient recovered. Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern announced. That the country's social distancing restrictions will drop within a few hours. The country's strict border restrictions will remain in place. Including managed isolation and quarantine for travelers. But the rest of the country's coronavirus measures will lift by midnight on Monday (1200 UTC). Meaning that public and private events can resume without curbs. While the keep and hospitality, industries can operate without social distancing measures.
Coronavirus free NZ! Congratulations everyone 😁
Once again those great kiwi attributes: planning, determination and teamwork do the job 🎉
— Jimmy Neesham (@JimmyNeesh) June 8, 2020
Prime Minister Ardern celebrated the milestone, but also urged caution and patience in the months ahead. She said at a press conference that, "We are confident we have eliminated the transmission of the virus in New Zealand. For now, but elimination is not a point, it is a sustained effort".
Ardern added that New Zealand "will almost certainly see cases here again, and that is not a sign that we have failed, it is a reality of this virus." New Zealand has reported a total of 1,504 confirmed and probably COVID-19 cases and 22 deaths.