Wellington: For the first time since February 28, New Zealand has no active COVID-19 cases and almost all the restrictions will be lifted from Tuesday (June 9), Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern announced on Monday (June 8). There have been no reports of positive cases for the past 17 days and no one received any COVID-19 medical treatment for the past 12 days.
New Zealand is lifting almost all #COVID19 restrictions after declaring itself virus-free. Due to strict lockdown, it reported only 22 deaths and no new cases in 17 days.— AJ+ (@ajplus) June 8, 2020
PM Jacinda Ardern says the virus is eradicated, but staying virus-free will need "a sustained effort." pic.twitter.com/9yDKYgpC4s
“We are confident we have eliminated the transmission of the virus in New Zealand for now, but elimination is not a point in time, it is a sustained effort,” Ardern said in a press conference on Monday. “We almost certainly will see cases here again … and that is not a sign that we have failed, it is a reality of this virus.”
Director-General of Health Ashley Bloomfield said, “Having no active cases for the first time since February 28 is certainly a significant mark in our journey but as we’ve previously said, ongoing vigilance against COVID 19 will continue to be essential.”
According to data, more than 7 million people have been affected globally. New Zealand had 1504 confirmed cases and 22 deaths. The New Zealand government announced all forms of public events can take place again without any restraints or social distancing guidelines. However, border restrictions for non-citizens and non-residents will persist.