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How New Zealand ‘Eliminated’ Coronavirus – Forbes

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Due to a mixture of strict quarantine, travel restrictions and widespread testing, New Zealand has reported no new coronavirus cases for 17 days and has no active cases. The country plans to lift nearly all of its restrictions Tuesday.

New Zealand Government Considers Easing Of COVID Alert Level Restrictions

WELLINGTON, NEW ZEALAND – JUNE 08: Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern speaks to media during a post … [+] cabinet press conference at Parliament.


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KEY FACTS

The last community-transmitted case occurred 40 days ago and New Zealand hospitals currently have no Covid-19 cases.

Beginning Tuesday, the country will allow schools and offices to reopen with no limitations on domestic travel or gathering size, though international travel remains restricted, per CNN

“This freedom from restrictions relies though heavily on the ongoing role that our border controls will play in keeping the virus out,” said Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern at a Monday press conference.”The virus will be in our world for some time to come.” 

New Zealand had one of the toughest and earliest lockdowns: With no deaths and just over 100 cases in mid-March, the country closed all non-essential businesses, schools (though children of essential workers were permitted to continue attending) and cancelled all gatherings and events. 

From March 24 to April 9 the country entered its strictest lockdown, allowing non-essential workers to only leave home for essential exercise within close proximity to their residences.

Adern also said that New Zealand has one of the highest testing rates per capita globally. 

Crucial Quote

“We are confident we have eliminated transmission of the virus in New Zealand for now, but elimination is not a point in time, it is a sustained effort,” said Ardern on June 7.

Key Background

Under the country’s reduction to Alert Level 1, citizens are not restricted in personal movements but are encouraged to “maintain a record of where they have been” and authorities will aim to carry out rapid contact tracing of any new cases that are identified. 

Further Reading

Alert system overview (New Zealand Government)

With no active Covid-19 cases, New Zealand is lifting almost all its coronavirus restrictions (CNN)

Coronavirus Infections Are On The Rise In 21 U.S. States, With Cases Spiking In California, Arizona And North Carolina (Forbes)

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