New Zealand records 100 days without Covid-19 community transmission

New Zealand has reached 100 days with no known community transmission of Covid-19, Director general of health Ashley Bloomfield said on Sunday. While there are currently 23 active cases of Covid-19 in the country, all were detected at the border and are in managed isolation facilities.

Bloomfield noted the milestone was worth celebrating, but warned New Zealanders not to be complacent. "We have seen overseas how quickly the virus can re-emerge and spread in places where it was previously under control, and we need to be prepared to quickly stamp out any future cases in New Zealand," he said in a statement.

The first known case imported into New Zealand was recorded on 26 February, with the last case of community transmission detected on 1 May.

The country shut its border to all but residents and citizens on 19 March. A nationwide lockdown started on 25 March, where almost all businesses were closed, schools were shut and people were told to stay home. Five weeks later, the country began to slowly lift restrictions. Today, only the border remains closed.

New Zealand has a total of 1,569 confirmed and probable cases of Covid-19, with 22 deaths.

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