“Reaching 100 days without community transmission is an important milestone, however, as we all know we cannot afford to be complacent,” Bloomfield said in a Department of Health statement. “We have seen abroad how quickly the virus can reappear and spread to places where it was previously under control, and we must be prepared to swiftly eradicate any future cases in New Zealand. “There have been 1,219 confirmed cases of coronavirus in the country, according to the statement from the Ministry of Health. There are currently 23 people who have reported active cases of the disease in managed isolation facilities, the statement said.
The country has reported a small number of new cases of the coronavirus in people entering the country from other places, according to statements from the Ministry of Health. The New Zealand border is closed to almost all travelers, with a few exceptions, according to the country’s immigration site.
The country declared a state of emergency and went into lockdown on March 25.
InPrime Minister Jacinda Ardern said the country has “won” the battle against widespread community transmission of the coronavirus, for the time being. New Zealand appears to have completely eradicated the disease after health officials said the last known infected person at the time had recovered.
New Zealand has been on Alert Level 1 since June 8 – indicating the disease is contained within the country, but “out of control overseas,” according to its coronavirus website.
Below Alert Level 1, schools and workplaces are allowed to open and there are no restrictions on gatherings or indoor movement. People are urged to keep track of where they have been, to stay home if they feel ill and to wash their hands, as well as to maintain other basic hygiene practices. Event organizers, workplaces and departments are “encouraged” to keep records to enable contact tracing.