Full width home advertisement

Post Page Advertisement [Top]

New Zealand has 'achieved elimination' of coronavirus and PM Jacinda Ardern says the country has won the first 'battle' as lockdown restrictions are relaxed

New Zealand has 'achieved elimination' of coronavirus and PM Jacinda Ardern says the country has won the first 'battle' as lockdown restrictions are relaxed
  • New Zealand will move from Alert Level 4 to Level 3 of lockdown at 11:59pm 
  • Ardern said country had scored a significant victory against coronavirus spread 
  • The country has been following a stringent but successful elimination strategy 
  • New Zealand has recorded a total of 1,122 cases of Covid-19 with 19 deaths 
New Zealand has 'achieved elimination' of coronavirus as Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern claimed the country has scored a significant victory against the spread of Covid-19.
The country has been following an elimination strategy with the goal of completely ending the transmission of coronavirus within its borders.  
'There is no widespread, undetected community transmission in New Zealand,' Ardern declared on Monday. 'We have won that battle.' 
Ashley Bloomfield, New Zealand's Director General of Health, said the low number 'does give us confidence that we've achieved our goal of elimination. That never meant zero but it does mean we know where our cases are coming from.
'Our goal is elimination. And again, that doesn't mean eradication but it means we get down to a small number of cases so that we are able to stamp out any cases and any outbreak that might come out.' 
The nation of five million people, reported only one new case of COVID-19 in the past 24 hours, taking the total to 1,122 with 19 deaths. 
After nearly five weeks at the maximum Level Four restrictions - with only essential services operating - the country will move to Level Three late on Monday.
New Zealand's Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern briefs the media about the COVIS-19 coronavirus at the Parliament House in Wellington on April 27
New Zealand's Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern briefs the media about the COVIS-19 coronavirus at the Parliament House in Wellington on April 27
Medical staff test shoppers who volunteered at a pop-up community COVID-19 testing station at a supermarket carpark in Christchurch, New Zealand
The downgrade from Alert Level 4 to Level 3 will allow some businesses, takeaway food outlets and schools to reopen.
New Zealanders will be able to go fishing, surfing, hunting and hiking this week for the first time in more than a month as the country begins to ease its way out of a strict lockdown that successfully slowed the spread of the coronavirus.
Around 400,000 people will return to work after the country shifts its alert level down a notch at midnight on Monday, but shops and restaurants will remain closed as several social restrictions remain in place. 
Many businesses, including parliament and the courts, began preparations over the weekend to restart operations this week while maintaining ongoing social distancing rules. 
Eateries announced contactless delivery plans, retail stores showcased their latest collections online for home delivery and office towers posted social distancing rules in elevators and public areas. 
Still, Ardern stressed that public gatherings remain banned and asked people to remain in their 'bubble'.
Keen fishers will be permitted to cast a line from a wharf only as boating, yachting and other team sports or training remained barred. Hunting will be allowed on private land with special restrictions.
'We must make sure that we do not let the virus run away on us again and cause a new wave of cases and deaths,' Ardern said at a news conference on Monday. 'To succeed we need to hunt down the last few cases of the virus.'
'I will not risk the gains we've made in the health of New Zealanders. So if we need to remain at Level Three, we will.' 
She insisted at the daily government briefing: 'We are opening up the economy, but we're not opening up people's social lives.'  
Ben Kennings, general manager for industry group Surfing New Zealand, said people were itching to return to sea in a country where an average 60,000 boarders hit the waves weekly. 
'We have done well to stay out of the water, but tomorrow there's going to be a lot of people keen to go surfing,' Kennings said. 'It is an individual sport that can be practiced with social distancing.'
Trust in governments in Australia and New Zealand has risen since the start of the pandemic, opinion polls show, with their idealogically opposite leaders hailed for their management of the crisis.

What will Level 3 measures mean for New Zealanders? 

The country shifts its alert level down a notch from 4 to 3 at midnight on Monday. From then on, New Zealanders will have some restrictions lifted including: 
- Fishers will be permitted to cast a line from a wharf but not a boat 
-  People will be allowed to exercise at their local parks or beaches but keep a good 2 metre distance from others 
- People are allowed to go swimming and surfing 
Driving will be permitted for: 
- Driving to school or work for essential workers
- Emergencies and giving effect to court orders 
- Shared social bubble arrangements 
- Foreign nationals leaving New Zealand 
Going back to work: 
- Many businesses will start to reopen
- Ardern warned people should still work from home where possible 
- Staff have to make sure they keep 1m between each other and practice good hygiene 
- Businesses involving face-to-face contact i.e. gyms and hairdressers will have to remain closed 
School: 
- Parents can choose whether to send their children to school or continue lessons at home 
- Ardern wants the majority of children still learning from home 
Weddings and funerals: 
- Funerals, tangi and weddings can go ahead under alert level 3
- They will be limited to no more than 10 people
- Sharing a meal, food or a wedding reception is not permitted  

No comments:

Post a comment

Bottom Ad [Post Page]