New Zealand is all set to lift the strict lockdown, as the country is successful in eliminating spread of novel Coronavirus. New Zealand has recorded 1,469 Coronavirus positive cases with 19 deaths according to worldometers.
At 11:59 PM on Monday, New Zealand will lift it’s level-4 lockdown. The lockdown was imposed on the country for 4 weeks, and during that time all schools and colleges were closed and people were advised to stay at home.
At a Press Conference on Monday New Zealand’s Prime Minister Jacida Adern said, “There is no widespread community transmission in New Zealand. We have won that battle.” New Zealand is one of the most effective countries in containing the virus.
During its level 4 lockdown, the people were strictly ordered to stay indoors and only go out for an hour, to buy essentials. Every restaurants, school, colleges were closed and E-COMMERCE was halted. While now retailers, schools and restaurants are allowed to reopen on a smaller scale.
Workers will also resume their work, with all the precautions and safety and social distancing measures. It is expected that, 1 million people will return to their respective work place on Tuesday. Ardern added saying, “We are opening up the economy, but we’re not opening up people’s social lives”.
The officials said the virus has been “eliminated”, this does not mean their are 0 cases, but it means the officials knew where the new cases are coming from. New Zealand’s transmission rate is 0.4 % which is very low as compared to other countries. The average transmission rate is 2.5%.
Ardern said the country will remain in level-3 lockdown for 2 weeks and then decide whether to move on level-2 or not.