Wellington: New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern announced total relaxation of social restrictions after the recovery of last coronavirus patient at the island nation in the South Pacific. The New Zealand PM also revealed that she danced around her living room when she was informed about the news.
Ardern, however, said strict border controls will stay in place.
In a televised address, Ardern said: “We are confident we have eliminated the transmission of the virus in New Zealand for now,” adding that people had “united in unprecedented ways to crush the virus”.
With a population of five million, New Zealand had 1,154 confirmed coronavirus cases and 22 deaths.
The country will move to alert Level 1 on Monday midnight, removing almost all the restrictions that were put in place in order to battle the coronavirus pandemic.
“Our goal was to come out the other side as quickly and as safely as we could. To a place where our borders continue to be our first line of defence, but all current rules and restrictions on businesses and services are essentially lifted,” said Ardern.
“Today, 75 days later (after the first alert level 4 lockdown was put in place), we are ready.”
Ardern also revealed that she “did a little dance” with baby daughter Neve after she received the information that there were no more active cases in the country after the last patient was cured of COVID-19.
“She was caught a little by surprise but she joined in, having absolutely no idea why I was dancing around the lounge.”
No new COVID-19 infection case has been recorded in the country for the last 17 days.
Ardern added that easing restrictions will help the economy of New Zealand.
“We now have a head start on economic recovery because at level one we become one of the most open, if not the most open, economies in the world,” she said.
Source: Times Now News