New Zealand’s government will be lifting all Covid-19 restrictions except for stringent border controls almost immediately. This was announced by New Zealand PM Jacinda Ardern, as the nation’s health authorities confirmed that there were no longer any known, active COVID-19 cases.
“We are ready,” said Ardern at a news conference in Wellington, adding that New Zealanders had “united in unprecedented ways to crush the virus.”
Ardern has drawn global praise, even from the World Health Organization for her government’s approach to the virus, with a strict and cautious approach that appears to have paid off.
New Zealand went into lockdown on the 25th March, for four weeks, with all residents required to stay at home most of the time – before any restrictions could be eased.
From midnight today, New Zealanders would live in a country “where life feels as normal as we can in the time of a global pandemic”.
Naturally, this decision was greeted with jubilation on social media.
Asked about how she reacted when she found out that there were no active cases left in New Zealand, PM Ardern said that she did a little dance in her lounge, much to the amusement of her daughter.