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All restrictions imposed in New Zealand to combat the coronavirus outbreak will be lifted from Monday midnight, with the exception of border closures. There are no more Covid-19 patients in the country.

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New Zealand no longer has any active cases of coronavirus, the health authorities announced on Monday 8 June after the last patient, who was in the hospital, recovered.

“Having no active cases for the first time since 28 February is certainly an important milestone in our journey but, as we have said before, it will be essential to maintain vigilance against Covid-19,” said the Department of Health Director-General Ashley Bloomfield.

Ashley Bloomfield / the Department of Health Director-General

“The work isn’t done.”

As a result, all restrictions imposed in the country to combat the coronavirus outbreak will be lifted as of Monday midnight, with the exception of border closures,” said Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern.

New Zealand was praised for its effective response to the coronavirus outbreak, which included strict containment for seven weeks until May. Only 1,154 cases of infection, including 22 deaths, were recorded in the country. No new cases were reported for the seventeenth consecutive day on Monday.

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“Although we are in a safer, more solid situation, there is no easy return to pre-COVID life. The determination we have had for our health response will now be used to rebuild our economy,” said Jacinda Ardern.

“The work is not finished, but there is no denying that this is a major step,” she added, thanking the people of New Zealand.

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Jacinda Ardern said public and private events could take place without any restrictions, and businesses could operate normally. All public transport will resume in the country of 5 million people.

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