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New Zealand has declared itself Covid-19-free

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    New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern, speaking just now at a press conference, says she “did a little dance,” New Zealand has declared itself Covid-19-free
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New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern, speaking just now at a press conference, says she “did a little dance,” when she heard the country was Covid-19 free.

The country’s government will lift all Covid-19 restrictions except stringent border controls at midnight on Monday, prime minister Jacinda Ardern said, adding that she “did a little dance” when she heard there were no cases of coronavirus left in the country. For the past 10 days, a lone woman aged in her 50s, who lived in Auckland, was the last person in New Zealand known to be suffering from Covid-19. On Monday, health officials said, she had reported 48 hours symptom-free and was considered recovered.

New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern, speaking just now at a press conference, says she “did a little dance,” when she heard the country was Covid-19 free.

New Zealand to abandon all coronavirus restrictions except border controls.

Hours after New Zealand’s health officials announced there were no active cases of Covid-19 in New Zealand for the first time since 28 February, Jacinda Ardern, the prime minister, announced that her government would abandon all restrictions except border controls from midnight tonight.

The removal of all domestic restrictions is happening a couple of days sooner than the government initially flagged it might. From tonight, all remaining rules about physical distancing and gathering sizes will end.

“We are ready,” Ardern told reporters at a news conference in Wellington that is ongoing. She praised New Zealanders for having “united in unprecedented ways to crush the virus.”

Dr Bloomfield says that he is confident community transmission of the virus has been eliminated, Stuff.NZ reports. “There was no better plan than eliminating the virus,” he said.

New Zealand Director-General of Health, Dr Ashley Bloomfield says the country will keep an eye on whether mask-use will needed, but at the moment, because of the lack of community transmission, the government does not recommend the use of masks generally.

Director-General of Health, Dr Ashley Bloomfield, says that this week anyone crossing the border into New Zealand will be tested twice in a two week period.

There will also be surveillance testing of anyone working at or around the border, he says.

Community based testing will continue, with a focus on anyone with symptoms.