Timeline: New Zealand’s elimination of COVID-19 cases in 100 days

Published On June 9, 2020 | By Pooja Luthra | COVID-19, News
New Zealand's Prime Minister, Jacinda Ardern, happily shares the news of zero COVID-19 cases in the county. Flickr/ Prince Oghenovo.
New Zealand’s Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern happily shares the news of zero COVID-19 cases in the county. Flickr/ Prince Oghenovo.
Pooja Luthra

New Zealand’s Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern announced June 8 the country’s move to reopen as it reported no new cases of COVID-19.

“At level one, we’ve become one of the most open economies in the world, and now we must seize our advantage of going hard and early to beat COVID-19,” she said in a press conference.

A tweet by Jacinda Arden’s Labour Party announcing the country is moving to reopening.

Ardern said the country needs to be prepared and practice self-isolation and quarantine even though the virus has eliminated.

“We are confident we have eliminated the transmission of the virus in New Zealand for now, but elimination is not a point in time, it is a sustained effort,” she said.

The government has removed movement restrictions, making everything entirely accessible to the general public. It was part of a four-level alert system introduced by New Zealand as the pandemic spread to the island nation.

Under the alert level-one, public and private events can take place without any restrictions, and travel will be barrier-free.

The four-level alert system introduced by the New Zealand government is outlined below:

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