New Zealand has officially made it 100 days without any community transmission cases of coronavirus, which means that the country is just days away from beating its previous record!
The news was confirmed by New Zealand’s Ministry of Health, who stated that there are no new cases of COVID-19 outside managed isolation and quarantine as of today, June 8.
This 100-day period began on February 28 and means that New Zealand is close to surpassing the 102 days it managed in August last year before an unknown outbreak resulted in Auckland undergoing a level 3 lockdown.
However, the Ministry of Health reported 10 new cases in managed isolation since the Ministry’s last update on June 6. Four of the cases are from Iraq, three from the Philippines, two from India, and one from Russia.
The Ministry explained that the cases occurred in recent returnees to the country, with four cases travelling from Iraq testing positive on days 11 and day 12 of their routine testing. The Ministry is now set to focus on the four cases from Iraq, all of which are in managed isolation in Auckland.
The Ministry also noted the total number of active cases in New Zealand as 22, while the country’s total confirmed number of cases is 2,336.
Meanwhile, as of June 1, 432,509 New Zealand residents have received their first dose whilst 668,115 are now fully vaccinated.