New Zealand declared coronavirus-free

Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern announced earlier this week that almost all restrictions will be lifted but strict border controls will remain in place.

New Zealand has reported no new Covid-19 cases for more than two weeks. Under the new rules, social distancing is not required and there are no limits on public gatherings.

Only New Zealanders and their immediate families will be allowed to enter the country for now and they will have to undergo a 14-day quarantine. At a news conference in Wellington, Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said, “united in unprecedented ways to crush the virus.”

New Zealand had reported just over 200 confirmed cases when the government shut down the country, and the total number of diagnosed instances of the virus never topped 1,500, reported The Guardian.

“While we’re in a safer, stronger position, there’s still no easy path back to pre-COVID life, but the determination and focus we have had on our health response will now be vested in our economic rebuild,” Ms Ardern said, as reported by BBC.

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