As restrictions imposed in Auckland, New Zealand’s largest city, to prevent the spread of the new coronavirus will be suspended. In a press conference held this Monday (5.out.2020), the Prime Minister, Jacinda Ardern, said that the country “won the virus again ”. The city has had no new cases for 12 days.
Auckland will move to alert level 1 starting at 11:59 pm on Wednesday (7.out), joining the rest of the country. “Covid-19 will be with us for many months. But we must still celebrate these milestones ”, said the prime minister. With the end of restrictions, there is no longer a limit of 1 people in meetings. Physical distance in bars and restaurants and the use of a mask in public transport will no longer be mandatory.
The new outbreak, detected in August, was the largest recorded in the country, with 179 cases. New Zealand was one of the nations that best controlled the spread of the virus. In the past few months, the country has only registered a few imported cases.
At the start of the pandemic, New Zealand closed its borders and imposed a strict 1 month-long quarantine shortly after the first outbreak began on February 28.
Until this Monday (5.out) the country of almost 5 million inhabitants had 1,855 registered cases and 25 deaths by covid-19, according to the meter Worldometers.