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New Zealand Declares Coronavirus-Free, Lifts Restrictions

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New Zealand is now Coronavirus free after health workers said its final known patient had recovered.

According to Metro, it has been 17 days since the last new case of Covid-19 was reported in New Zealand and today also marked the first time since late February there had been no active cases.

At a news conference, New Zealand’s Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said: ‘We are confident we have eliminated the transmission of the virus in New Zealand for now, but elimination is not a point in time, it is a sustained effort. ‘We almost certainly will see cases here again … and that is not a sign that we have failed, it is a reality of this virus. But if and when that occurs we have to make sure and we are, that we are prepared.’

Arden went on to state that, said New Zealanders would live in a country ‘where life feels as normal as we can in the time of a global pandemic’ once restrictions are lifted. When asked what her reaction to the news was, she said: ‘I did a little dance’.

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