(CNN) – Almost all coronavirus restrictions in New Zealand will be lifted, Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern has announced, after the country had no active cases.
Social distance, however, is still encouraging, and Arden said New Zealand’s international borders will remain closed to non-residents to prevent new outbreaks. Residents arriving in New Zealand still have to separate for two weeks.
There are currently no active coronavirus cases in New Zealand, and no positive cases of any kind have been found in the last 17 days. No one has been treated at the hospital for the last 12 days for Covid-19 and 40 days have passed since the last case of community infection.
“This freedom from restrictions depends on the ongoing role that our border controls play in keeping the virus at bay … the virus will be in our world for some time to come,” Arden said at a news conference on Monday. .
New Zealand lockdown schedule
The first case of coronavirus was confirmed in New Zealand on February 23 – more than a month after the United States confirmed its first infection.
On March 14, when there were six cases in the country, Arden announced that anyone entering the country needed to disassociate himself for two weeks, at a time when the world had one of the strictest border restrictions. On March 20, foreign nationals were banned from entering the country.
Days later, on March 23 – with one death and 102 confirmed cases – Arden announced that the country was entering a “three-tiered” lockdown. Non-essential businesses were closed, events and rallies were canceled and schools were closed to all children except the required staff.
Employers were told they would be allowed to work wherever possible, public transport was reserved for necessary transportation, and prudent domestic air travel between regions was prohibited.
At midnight on 25 March, New Zealand maintained a social distance and left the house without any necessary exercise, leaving with four lockdowns of severe level.
On 9 April, despite the reduction in the number of cases, the Ardron tightened border restrictions so that all citizens and permanent residents who arrived in New Zealand had to spend two weeks separately at home rather than at an authorized opportunity.
Travel bubble loom?
Both countries have largely controlled their local coronavirus outbreaks and have huge tourism industries that have been severely affected by massive travel bans.
However, Ardern warned on Monday that the national corridor could still be months away.
“I don’t want New Zealand businesses or even quizzes that want to cross the notch to be given a false start. Rather we should share the deadline, when we had a lot more certainty,” he said.
“(Australia) is making state-by-state progress, but it’s not universal.”