New Zealand 'Eliminated' Virus Saying "We Have Won That Battle"

Вторник, 28 Апр, 2020

The New Zealand government on Monday announced that it has stopped the community transmission of the novel coronavirus, effectively eliminating the deadly disease.

But Director General of Health Dr Ashley Bloomfield said that New Zealand now knows where every new case of COVID-19 is coming from. "Tragically what we have been unable to stop is the loss of 19 New Zealanders to covid-19 ... we send [their families] our love in their time of loss".

Prime Minister Jacinda Arden has said that the virus was "currently" eliminated.

"We are opening up the economy, but we're not opening up people's social lives", Ardern told reporters.

Ardern said earlier modelling from Professor Shaun Hendy showed New Zealand could have faced up to 1000 new cases per day if measures were not taken.

They have also warned that while community transmission has effectively come to an end, it does not mean that new cases can not pop up.

". this is like a needle in a haystack", Ardern said.

Today, New Zealand moved to Alert Level 3, moving out of Alert Level 4 lockdown.

But officials have warned against complacency, saying it does not mean a total end to new coronavirus cases.

She again reminded the "team of five million" that as some headed back to their workplaces tomorrow under alert level 3 restrictions - it was not a time to socialise.

New Zealand may have won their battle against coronavirus.

She also said the lockdown will be partially lifted as from Tuesday. "But we must remain vigilant if we are to keep it that way", according to Axios.

"COVID-19 has spread in workplaces, so the quid pro quo of being able to open is doing it in a way that doesn't spread the virus", she said.

As NPR's Julie McCarthy reports, Ardern, 39, a mother of a 21-month-old, "regularly appears on Facebook Live chats, dressed in a sweatshirt, commiserating with families enduring isolation in their 'bubble, ' as she calls their place of shelter, and assuring children the tooth fairy is still on the job".

"We will never know what would have happened without our level 4 restrictions but we can look overseas and see that this devastating scenario has played out in many other countries".

The first step towards resuming business as usual on the trans-Tasman border would be to allow movement of Australians to New Zealand if they agree to thea fortnight in quarantine; the same terms as returning Kiwis.

Ardern said the island nation would continue to hunt down the last few COVID-19 cases.

The country will stay at this alert level for at least two weeks.

Northland's tally went from 27 to 28 on Anzac Day, however that additional case was a person already confirmed with the illness who had been transferred from Auckland Regional Public Health Service to Northland District Health Board as Northland is their home region.