İrem UZUN -TDO- At the daily media press briefing, New Zealand’s Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern has said the country has stopped the “widespread, undetected community transmission” of COVID-19. Ardern said New Zealand had “avoided the worst” in the pandemic but they must continue to fight. “There is no widespread undetected community transmission in New Zealand. We have won that battle. But we must remain vigilant if we are to keep it that way,” she said.
At the same briefing, Director General of Health Ashley Bloomfield said there was only one confirmed case and four new probable cases on Monday, while the total number of active COVID-19 cases is 1469. “The low number of new cases in recent days gives us confidence that we have achieved our goal of elimination,” he said. He warned elimination does not mean there would be no new cases; however, it means they know where those cases are coming from.
Starting from 11.59 pm on Monday, New Zealand eased its level-4 lockdown, which has been in place for more than four weeks. Within the scope of level-4, almost all businesses and schools have been closed, while the population has been asked to stay home for all but grocery shopping and short walks. PM Ardern warned public that easing lockdown does not mean turning back to before-corona style of living, there would also have restrictions in level-3. She called people to keep their distance between each other as much as possible.