On Monday, New Zealand announced the recovery of the last known coronavirus patient. There have been no new cases in the last 17 days, and on Monday, the Oceania country marked the first time since the end of February, no active cases according to reports. New Zealand could be the first country in the world to completely stop the spread of the novel coronavirus.
Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern says she’s confident that the nation has stopped the spread of the virus which has tested 40,000 people in the past 17 days. A total of 300,000 people were tested. Only 1,500 people contracted the virus in the country of 5 million. And 22 people died from the novel coronavirus.
Wellington, New Zealand’s home for multi-million dollar production facilities including director Peter Jackson’s Weta Digital where ‘The Hobbit’ and ‘The Lord of the Rings’ trilogy was shot. (Photo by
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Part of New Zealand’s early eradication of SARS-CoVI-2 that is raging the world is because of its isolated location in the South Pacific, experts note. The PM was also very quick to impose a strict lockdown early when the virus arose.
Presently, there’re nearly 7 million confirmed cases across the world, with nearly 400k deaths.
The improvement in the country was greeted with joy as people look forward to returning back to normal, like gathering in stadiums, participating in crowded concerts, and so on. The restrictions will be lifted from midnight, according to the PM. People will be able to attend public events normally, weddings, shopping, and traveling within the nation without limitations. border restrictions will continue to be effective.
However, the PM says despite the country has halted the spread, it must prepare for more, Associated Press reports.
“We almost certainly will see cases here again, and I do want to say that again, we will almost certainly see cases here again,” Ardern says. “And that is not a sign that we have failed, it is a reality of this virus. But if and when that occurs we have to make sure — and we are — that we are prepared.”
“We are confident we have eliminated transmission of the virus in New Zealand for now, but elimination is not a point in time, it is a sustained effort.”
Life begins after the pause
With the transformative development in the Oceania-nation, the country is now looking forward to allowing its falling economy to spring back. Although the international borders are still restricted for most people, the country has allowed a special permission of 55-crew team behing James Cameroon’s much-awaited Avatar 2, Reuters report.
When Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern announced the lockdown back in march, 47 production was under the way. Avatar team has reportedly reached the country last week and will self-isolate for 14-days before beginning to shoot, on par with the government rules (see the post above).