Covid-19: New Zealand announces zero active cases amid pandemic

Covid-19: New Zealand announces zero active cases amid pandemic

- New Zealand has reached an enviable milestone in its battle against Covid-19

- The nation has announced that its last patient has fully recovered from the virus

- The country is now expected to move to Covid-19 Alert Level 1, the lowest level in its phased response

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New Zealand has reached a massive milestone in its mission to fight back against the coronavirus amid a global outbreak.

Health Department director-general Ashley Bloomfield has announced some 'really good news', confirming that the country now has no Covid-19 cases:

"Having no active cases for the first time since February 28 is certainly a significant mark in our journey but, as we've previously said, ongoing vigilance against Covid-19 will continue to be essential."

eNCA reports that New Zealand has earned itself immense praise for the way it handled the pandemic.

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Its response included a strict seven-week lockdown that only lifted in April after the virus had been contained.

With a population of five million citizens, New Zealand had confirmed just 1 154 cases with 22 fatalities.

Not a single new infection has been noted for over two weeks and the country had only one patient had the virus up until Monday.

While details concerning the final patient have not been released, it is believed that the last Covid-19 case was a woman in her 50s linked to an Auckland nursing home:

"(The) remaining case has been symptom-free for 48 hours and is regarded as recovered. The person has now been released from isolation."

Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern is now expected to migrate the country to Alert Level 1, the lowest in a four-tier response system.

The level will see international border restrictions kept in place with domestic restrictions - including limits on public gatherings and compulsory social distancing - lifted. reported that Covid-19 cases in South Africa have reached 48 285 cases with 998 fatalities.

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