New Zealand Prime minister announced Monday that there are no active cases in New Zealand. New Zealand has ended most of its coronavirus lockdown restrictions as it prepares itself for a new normal. New Zealand has declared to eliminate, not just restrain, the virus, but the health ministry has been cautious about declaring victory.
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New Zealand First active case
The first case of the disease in New Zealand reported on February 28, 2020. All borders and entry ports of New Zealand were closed to all non-residents at 11:59 pm on March 19, 2020, with returning citizens and residents required to self-isolate. Since April 10, all New Zealanders returning from overseas must go into two weeks of supervised quarantine. The pandemic peaked in early April, with 89 new cases recorded per day and 929 active cases.
On April 28, Ardern “There is no widespread undetected community transmission in New Zealand. We have won that battle,” , according to the report.
Alert levels: A four-level alert level system was introduced on March 21 to manage the outbreak within New Zealand. The alert level initially set at level 2 but subsequently raised to level 3 on the afternoon of March 23. Beginning at 11:59 pm on March 25, the alert level was moved to level 4, putting the country into a nationwide lockdown.
The alert level moved back down to level 3 at 11:59 pm on April 27, partially lifting some lockdown restrictions, and down to level 2 at 11:59 pm on May 13, raising the rest of the lockdown restrictions while maintaining physical distancing and gathering size limits. The country will move down to level 1 at 11:59 pm on June 8, removing the remaining restrictions. As of June 8, 2020, the country has no active cases; the most recent new case reported on May 22, 2020, and the last recovery published on June 8, 2020. F
Level 1 – Prepare: COVID-19 is uncontrolled overseas. The disease contained in New Zealand, but isolated household transmission could be occurring. Border entry measures to minimize the risk of importing COVID-19 cases. Intensive testing for COVID-19. Rapid contact tracing of any positive case. Mandatory self-isolation or quarantine may be applied.
Schools and workplaces open and must operate safely. Physical distancing encouraged—no restrictions on gatherings.
Stay home if you are sick, report flu-like symptoms. Wash and dry hands, cough into the elbow, do not touch your face. No restrictions on domestic transport – avoid public transport or travel if sick.
Level 2 – Reduce: The disease contained, but the risk of community transmission remains. Household transmission could be occurring, and there are single or isolated cluster outbreaks. People can connect with friends and family, go shopping, or travel domestically, but should follow public health guidance.
The physical distancing of two meters from people you do not know when out in public is recommended, with one-meter physical distancing in controlled environments like workplaces unless other measures are in place. Sport and recreation activities are allowed, subject to conditions on gatherings, contact tracing, and – where practical – physical distancing.
Public venues can open but must comply with public health measures. Health and disability care services operate as frequently as possible.
Businesses can open to the public but must follow public health guidance, including concerning physical distancing and contact tracing—alternative ways of working encouraged where possible. Schools, early childhood education, and tertiary education providers can open with appropriate public health measures in place. People at higher risk of severe illness from COVID-19 are encouraged to take additional precautions when leaving home. They may work if they agree with their employer that they can do so safely.
Level 3 – Restrict: There is a high risk the disease not contained. People instructed to stay home in their bubble other than for essential personal movement – including to go to work, school if they have to or for local recreation. The physical distancing of two meters outside the home (including on public transport), or one meter In controlled environments like schools and workplaces. People must work from home unless that is not possible. Businesses can open premises, but cannot physically interact with customers.
Low-risk local recreation activities are allowed. Public venues are closed. Gatherings of up to 10 people are allowed but only for wedding services, funerals and tangihanga. Physical distancing and public health measures must be maintained. Healthcare services use virtual, non-contact consultations, where possible. Inter-regional travel is highly limited. People at high risk of severe illness are encouraged to stay at home where possible, and take additional precautions when leaving home. They may choose to work.
Level 4 – Eliminate: It is likely the disease is not contained. Community transmission is occurring, and there are widespread outbreaks and new clusters. People instructed to stay at home other than for essential personal movement. Safe recreational activity is allowed in the local area. Travel is severely limited.
All gatherings canceled, and all public venues closed. Businesses closed except for essential services and lifeline utilities. Educational facilities closed. Director-General of Health Ashley Bloomfield said it was a pleasing development.
“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,” Bloomfield said. World countries should focus the restriction on the public given by the New Zealand government during lockdown that should help to reduce active cases.