- New Zealand recently celebrated the recovery of what it believed was its last Covid-19 case
- However, the festivities were short-lived after the nation recorded two new cases of the virus
- Both cases had recently travelled to the United Kingdom and are connected
New Zealand has reported two new cases of Covid-19 bringing a three and a half week run of no new infections to an end.
Health authorities confirmed that both new patients had recently arrived from the United Kingdom:
“The ministry can confirm today two new cases of COVID-19 in New Zealand related to the border as a result of recent travel from the UK. Both cases are connected."
Briefly.co.za reported that Covid-19 restrictions in the country had been relaxed to Level 1 after what was believed to be the last patient recovered from the virus.
New Zealand's borders are strictly open to returning citizens and their families. The exceptions are for business-related purposes and compassionate ground, with a compulsory two-week quarantine for anyone entering the country.
The South Pacific region has managed to keep the pandemic under control within its borders, recording only 22 fatalities.
With the announcement last week that communal transmissions had come to an end, domestic restrictions including social distancing rules and limited public gatherings had been lifted.
Prime Minister Jacinda Arden had commented on Monday that she had not dubbed to nation coronavirus-free because she anticipated new infections:
“New Zealand will have cases again in the future. Of course, our hope and expectation is that should be at the border… if they’ve quarantined, of course, that’s a very different story than in the community,” she told reporters, adding “it’s an ongoing campaign”.
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