Auckland, New Zealand – While the U.S. and Europe still struggle to contain the spread of COVID-19, Prime Minister Jacinda Adern of New Zealand declares today it is COVID-19 free.
The announcement followed after New Zealand reported not having any active cases in the past 17 days, and no hospital treatment of COVID-19 patients in the last 12 days.
PM Adern announced on Monday, almost all restrictions will be lifted in New Zealand tomorrow, opening of schools and workplaces will fall under Level 1.
Normal life will once again resume, however, social distancing is still encouraged, and international travel will be restricted to prevent new cases of COVID-19 from entering the country.
At a press conference in Wellington, Prime Minister Adern said, “We united in unprecedented ways to crush the virus…Our goal was to move out the other side as quickly and as safely as we could. We now have a head-start on our economic recovery.”
PM Jacinda Adern won global praise for her leadership in containing the spread of COVID-19, with only 1500 confirmed cases, and 22 reported deaths.
The global death toll is over 400,000.
“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 Adern.
Elsewhere in the Pacific, Fiji recently reported it is now COVID-19 free in the Pacific.
This makes the Pacific region the safest and most secure area in the global where the spread of the COVID-19 is not only contained, but yet remains free.