New Zealand boasts victory over COVID-19, removes most of its restrictions

29 Avril, 2020, 13:15 | Auteur: Anatole Charbonneau
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New Zealand will now exit from the level-four lockdown which has been in place for more than four weeks, with only essential services running.

"New Zealand would be the natural partner", he said, later adding that he thinks it would be "logical in the short-to-medium term".

New Zealand is maintaining several social distancing policies despite the step down in the alert level, with malls pubs, hairdressers and other public shopping areas to stay shut for at least another two weeks. In the rest of the world, especially countries that are relatively poorer and densely populated, winning might just mean being able to ensure equitable distribution of resources to sustain this fight.

After being plunged into one of the harshest coronavirus-related lockdowns in the world, New Zealand appears to have come out the other side a victor.

There have been 104 breaches of alert level 3 so far, Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern says.

Surfers greeted a spectacular sunrise in Christchurch, construction workers purchased their favorite espresso coffees and some lawmakers returned to Parliament in New Zealand's capital, Wellington, on Tuesday as some aspects of life began returning to normal.

A leading expert believes Ireland should work with the United Kingdom as part of efforts to completely "eliminate" new cases and deaths from coronavirus across the two jurisdictions.

Scott Morrison has missed out on a call from the Queen, despite New Zealand's Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern receiving a personal call from Her Majesty last night.

Health Minister David Clark.

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Although the central government, aided by the recommendations of the government medical team, lays down the major social distancing measures against the coronavirus, states and territories, as well as local governments have some prerogatives with respect to their implementation.

The measures have been only slightly relaxed, however, meaning takeaway meals were one of few new activities people could enjoy - leading to a flood of pictures of burgers, fries, and fillets of battered fish on social media, delivery apps overloaded or crashing, and police managing traffic outside some stores. They launched widespread, efficient testing almost at the onset.

People are also being encouraged to keep a diary of people they interact with, and New Zealand is also working on a contact tracing app, similar to those in use in Singapore and Australia.

The new Government guidelines read: "People must stay within their household bubble but can expand this to reconnect with close family, or bring in caregivers, or support isolated people".

"Tempting to have a chat to people".

The country has just relaxed parts of its coronavirus lockdown and Ms Ardern said the Queen was "interested in what's happened here".

"I don't think at worrying levels, I would have thought they were at expected levels".

"The only way to do that is to continue surveillance and enhanced testing. It's something you have to remain vigilant about".

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