The health officials of New Zealand said Monday, 8 June 2020 that it appears to have completely eradicated the coronavirus at least for now, and the last known infected person had recovered.
It sounds great news of joy for New Zealand, how they combat with the COVID-19 pandemic, with the nation of 5 million people.
Now they are opening back its sports stadiums, embrace crowded concerts and remove seating restrictions from the flights as well.
Corona free New Zealand announcement was greeted with joy around the country.
Now 17 days has been passed since the last new case was reported and during that time an additional 40,000 people have been tested, that is bringing the total number tested to about 300,000.
Monday, 8 June 2020 marked the first time since late February, the country there seen no active cases.
Prime Minister of New Zealand Jacinda Ardern said that they had halted the spread of the COVID-19 but it still must be prepared for more.
“We are confident we have eliminated the transmission of the virus in New Zealand for now, but elimination is not a point in time, it is a sustained effort,” she said at a news conference. “We almost certainly will see cases here again, and I do want to say that again, we will almost certainly see cases here again, 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 that we are prepared.”