New Zealand lifts all Covid restrictions, declaring the nation virus-free

New Zealand declared coronavirus-free. New Zealand has lifted all of its coronavirus restrictions after reporting zero new and zero active covid cases in the country.

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At midnight local time (12:00 GMT), all of New Zealand moved to level one, the lowest of a four-tier alert system.

New Zealand has “eliminated” COVID-19 “for now”, Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern has declared, announcing the nation will move to alert level 1 from midnight on June 8, lifting all requirements for social distancing and restrictions on businesses: “We are confident we have eliminated transmission of the virus in New Zealand for now, but elimination is not a point in time – it is a sustained effort.”

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New Zealand has no active cases of COVID-19 in the country for the first time since February 28, the country’s Health Ministry said in a statement on Monday.

New Zealand’s Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said on Monday that all coronavirus measures in the country will be lifted from Tuesday, barring border closure restrictions, as the virus had been eliminated from the country.

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