The last corona patient in New Zealand has been declared cured. As far as is known, there are no longer people with an active infection, with which the country is now 'corona-free'. All corona measures will be lifted, except border controls, Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said on Monday.
The last patient, a woman from Auckland city, has been without symptoms for 48 hours and has been officially cured, according to 1 News . It is the first time since February 28 that there are no active infections in the country.
New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern announced on Monday that the country is easing corona measures to "level 1," removing almost all restrictions on residents and businesses in the country. Border controls are still being carried out.
"We are convinced that we have eliminated the coronavirus in New Zealand for the time being, but elimination is not an issue in time, it is an ongoing battle," said Ardern.
New Zealand has a relatively small number of infections and deaths
New Zealand has a relatively small number of infections and deaths. 1,504 infections are known and 22 known corona patients have died.
That the numbers are relatively low compared to those of other countries, according to experts, is partly due to the geographic location of New Zealand and the strict measures taken by the government to prevent the spread of the corona virus.
See also: What is the secret of New Zealand's success in the corona crisis?
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