No Active Cases of COVID-19 in New Zealand

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Sarah Peddie

New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Arden says the Government will focus on reopening their economy as the country declares its COVID-19 free.

At the beginning of the week, it was reported that there were no active cases since 28 February. 

In a press conference on Monday 8 June the Prime Minister confirmed that limits on the size of gatherings, social distancing in the workplace, domestic travel restrictions and measures on the retail and hospitality industry were all to be lifted at midnight.

A strict lockdown was imposed at the beginning of the coronavirus outbreak which closed businesses and schools, limited people’s movements and quarantined people who arrived from overseas. The country has also benefited from the remote location of the nation.

Now, New Zealand and Australia are in talks about opening a ‘travel bubble’ between the two by September. Australia is still getting daily cases but they are a very low number and currently have over 450 active cases nationwide. 

New Zealand is now at alert level one - there will be tighter measures and controls on people coming into the country.

All residents returning to the country are still required to quarantine for 14 days. Every new arriva will be tested twice during the 14-day period - whether they are displaying symptoms or not. 

Health Chief Ashley Bloomfield reminded the public, as well as venues, to continue using the NZ Covid Tracer app. The next upgrade of the track and trace app will allow the ministry to send out push notifications to people who have been in the same venue as someone who has tested positive for Covid-19. 

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