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New Zealand Lifts Lockdowns As Country Remains Free Of Covid-19

New Zealand Lifts Lockdowns As Country Remains Free Of Covid-19

Akmal Hakim

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New Zealand is lifting its Covid-19 lockdown restrictions after no new or active cases were reported in the country for over two weeks.

The country now shifts its Covid-19 alert level to Level 1, whereby previous social distancing and public gathering rules are no longer enforced but instead encouraged, with citizens free to enjoy freedom of movement.

(Credit: Unite For Recovery NZ)

New Zealand however still maintains its international border shutdown to foreigners in order to prevent new outbreaks.

The country’s Prime Minister, Jacinda Ardern, was reportedly so happy by the news that the country no longer has active cases, that she did a “little dance” to celebrate.

New Zealand went into lockdowns in March, starting with Level 4 of its implemented Covid-19 alert system which enforced a complete shutdown of nonessential businesses and travel.

In April, the country moved to Level 3, allowing some non-essential sectors to reopen before switching to Level 2 in May as cases continued to drop.

In total, the country had recorded 1,154 confirmed cases and 22 deaths from the pandemic and had received international praise for its management of the Covid-crisis.

Globally, the World Health Organisation (WHO) still considers the Covid-19 pandemic as a big problem as the situation appears to be getting worse in certain parts of the world.

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