Did a little dance when I heard New Zealand was COVID-19 free: PM Ardern

by International | 08-06-2020 | 1899 views

Wellington: New Zealand has declared itself coronavirus-free as the country has no active cases of COVID-19 for the first time since February 28, the Health Ministry said. It has now been 17 days since the country last recorded a new case of coronavirus. Fewer than 1,500 people were diagnosed with COVID-19 in New Zealand, and 22 people died.

Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern has said she "did a little dance" when she heard the country was COVID-19 free. Ardern announced that her government would abandon all restrictions except border controls from midnight tonight, adding, "There's no denying this is a milestone." She also praised New Zealanders for having "united in unprecedented ways to crush the virus".

 

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