New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern announced that their island nation has “won the battle” against community spread of coronavirus, NPR reported on Monday.
“There is no widespread undetected community transmission in New Zealand. We have won that battle,” Ardern said according to the report. “But we must remain vigilant if we are to keep it that way.”
Asked whether New Zealand had eliminated COVID-19, Ardern replied: “currently.”
As this develops, it downgraded its COVID-19 alert to level 3 — meaning most, but not all, businesses are being allowed to reopen.
Ardern said businesses and professions that require face-to-face contact — such as hairdressers, salespeople, masseuses and public gyms — will remain closed until the alert level is reduced again.
The Prime Minister also urged its citizen to work from home as much as possible.
There are currently talks between New Zealand and Australia to reopen travel between the two countries, while maintaining a restrictions on inbound air passengers from other countries remained.
According to Johns Hopkins University data, New Zealand has a total of 1,469 coronavirus cases, with only 19 total fatalities. It is a country with just 5 million population.
New Zealand was widely praised for largely putting aside politics in order to deal with the pandemic.