- For the fifth consecutive day there were no new cases of Covid-19 cases in New Zealand reported
- There are also no more Covid-19 related hospitalisations in the country after the discharge of its last patient from Middlemore Hospital in Auckland
- New Zealand also launched another app on Wednesday, May 27, which will provide health care professionals with access to information
- This will include the updated case definition, local clinical pathways and guidance around the use of personal protective equipment
New Zealand has discharged its last coronavirus patient from the hospital and has seen no new cases, a doctor leading the country's Covid-19 response said.
Director-General of Health Ashley Bloomfield told reporters at the Covid-19 press briefing he believed it was the first time in months that no patients were being treated at hospitals.
The country, as reported by Fox News, also marked the fifth consecutive day with no new coronavirus cases confirmed in the country.
“Currently there is nobody in the hospital with Covid-19 following the discharge of a person from Middlemore Hospital (in Auckland)," said Bloomfield .
New Zealand has been widely praised for its handling of Covid-19, with just 1 154 confirmed cases and 21 deaths.
The news comes a month after Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern claimed the nation had won the battle against the virus with the number of new cases falling into the single digits in days.
Ardern had taken a hard-line approach to the country’s lockdown in a bid to stop the spread of the disease. She attributed that success to a strict early lockdown and people’s ongoing vigilance.
“Cases continue to grow overseas, and we still do have people coming home. But for the most part, many aspects of life can and should feel much more normal," she said.
She said New Zealand would continue to observe its current Level 2 lockdown rules until at least June 22.
While Ardern had refused to drastically lift lockdown rules, the country is planning to ease restrictions by increasing the maximum size of gatherings from 10 people to 100.
New Zealand’s first recorded case of coronavirus was on February 28, 2020, according to Ministry of Health figures.
At the height of the disease, there were 20 people in hospital with Covid-19 on April 18, 2020, but that number has slowly been decreasing.
In total, 95 people in New Zealand have been hospitalised with the disease caused by coronavirus since the start of the pandemic.
Bloomfield said if New Zealand handled coronavirus in the same manner as the United Kingdom (UK), the country could have had between 3 000 and 3 500 deaths.
“Clearly this is a virus that is having a big impact globally. If we were the UK, we would have had between 3,000 and 3,500 deaths to date," he said.
"Yesterday we would have reported 250 new cases and we would still be in lockdown. That is proportionate by population," he added.
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