Appreciable Efforts for Eliminating Coronavirus by New Zealand- All set to Lift Restrictions

Appreciable Efforts for Eliminating Coronavirus by New Zealand- All set to Lift Restrictions
WELLINGTON, NEW ZEALAND - MARCH 25: Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern speaks to media at a press conference ahead of a nationwide lockdown at Parliament on March 25, 2020 in Wellington, New Zealand. New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern on Wednesday declared a State of National Emergency in response to combat the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. The declaration allows the Director Civil Defence Emergency Management to direct and coordinate personnel, material and other resources, and provides access to other extra-ordinary powers that will support delivery of an effective and timely response to COVID-19. An Epidemic Notice has also been issued to help ensure the continuity of essential Government business.New Zealand will go into lockdown from 11:59 Wednesday night, as the COVID-19 alert level rises to four. All non-essential businesses will close at that time, including bars, restaurants, cinemas and playgrounds. Schools are closed and all indoor and outdoor events are banned. Essential services will remain open, including supermarkets and pharmacies. The New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern expects measures will remain in place for about four weeks, and has said there will be zero tolerance for people ignoring the restrictions, with police able to enforce them if required. New Zealand currently has 155 confirmed cases of COVID-19. (Photo by Hagen Hopkins/Getty Images)

In the last 17 days, there has been no active case of coronavirus been reported by New Zealand as there has been strict quarantine with testing going at a widespread level and restriction on travel. They are planning to lift the restriction by Tuesday.

The last case due to community transfer had occurred around 40 days ago and at present, there are no cases of COVID 19 at New Zealand hospitals.

From Tuesday offices as well as schools will reopen and there will be no limitation over the travel at a domestic level or gathering of any size. There will be a continuation in restrictions on international travel.

In a Monday press conference, Jacinda Ardern, Prime Minister of New Zealand had told that with the restriction of a border this will help in keeping the coronavirus out from the country.  

Appreciable Efforts for Eliminating Coronavirus by New Zealand- All set to Lift Restrictions
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New Zealand had done the earliest as well as the toughest lockdown. There are no deaths which had taken place there with just more than 100 cases till the mid of March. All the events and gatherings have been canceled, schools closed but only the children of essential workers are allowed for attending it, and non- essential businesses.

There is a strict lockdown from 24 March to 9 April and the non-essential workers are allowed to leave withing close distance from their residence only for taking essential things.

It has been said by Adern that there has been the highest testing done globally by New Zealand.

On June 7, Adern said that though we had eliminated spreading of virus from New Zealand for the time being it is not for the time there has to be sustained effort on it.

Written by Neha Garg