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New Zealand boasts victory over COVID-19, removes most of its restrictions

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Posted: Monday, April 27, 2020. 3:54 pm CST.

By BBN Staff: While the COVID-19 pandemic reached over 3 million cases worldwide today, the Government of New Zealand says that it has “eliminated” the threat from the island nation.

New Zealand’s Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern gave an update today, saying that the country has dropped its alert level to Level 3, relaxing much of the restrictions initially rolled out to fight the outbreak. Most businesses are being allowed to reopen with some exceptions, which include hairdressers, masseuses, and public gyms. These businesses will remain closed until the alert level is lowered further.

“There is no widespread undetected community transmission in New Zealand. We have won that battle,” Ardern said Monday. “But we must remain vigilant if we are to keep it that way,” Ardern said in her briefing.

The country’s director-general of health, Ashley Bloomfield, said that businesses that will be reopening need to ensure that services and transactions are contactless using some form of electronic payment. Delivery services must also be contactless.

New Zealand ‘s COVID-19 count peaked at 89 around April 5 and had been trending down since, with a total of 19 lives lost to the virus. As of Sunday, there were no new cases reported in weeks.

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