On Monday, New Zealand recorded zero cases of the coronavirus for the first time since March 16. The result indicates that the Pacific nation has been successful to contain the outbreak after a strict lockdown. During a news conference, the Director General of Health Ashley Bloomfield said the result was a cause for celebration.
He noted that the death toll remained at 20 with no additional infection from coronavirus or fatalities.
“It is symbolic of the effort everyone has put in,” Bloomfield told reporters.
“This is the first day that we had no new cases and we want to keep it that way.”
The strict lockdown in New Zealand ended last Tuesday which has shut offices, schools, malls, restaurants, playgrounds and all other public areas for over a month.
However, the authority allowed some economic activity but the social restrictions will be continued. Millions of New Zealanders are still working and studying from home.
“Clearly these are encouraging figures today, but it is just one moment in time,” Bloomfield said.
“The real test is later this week when we factor in the incubation period for the virus and the time it takes for people to display symptoms which is generally five to six days after exposure.” New Zealand has recorded a total of 1137 cases from COVID-19.