(CNN) – Almost all restrictions on the coronavirus virus in New Zealand will be lifted tomorrow, Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said, as the country has not reported any active cases.
However, social exclusion continues to be encouraged, and Arder said New Zealand’s international borders will remain closed to non-residents to prevent new outbreaks. New Zealanders will have to quarantine for two weeks.
New Zealand does not currently have active cases of coronavirus and no positive cases have been reported in the last 17 days. No one has been treated at the hospital for Covid-19 in the last 12 days and 40 days have passed since the last case of community transmission.
“This freedom from restrictions is, however, largely based on the continuing role that our borders will play in preventing the virus … The virus will be in our world for some time,” Ardner told a news conference. on Monday.
New Zealand locking schedule
The first case of coronavirus was confirmed in New Zealand on February 28 – more than a month after the United States confirmed its first infection.
On March 14, when the country had six cases, Arder announced that anyone entering the country would have to be isolated for two weeks, which was then one of the most difficult border restrictions in the world. Foreign nationals were barred from entering the country on March 20.
Days later, on March 23 – without deaths and when there were 102 confirmed cases – Ardner announced that the country was entering the “level three” lock. Unnecessary business has closed, events and rallies have been canceled, and schools have been closed to all children except those of key workers.
Employers were asked to allow work from home where possible, public transport was intended for key workers, and discreet air travel between areas was prohibited.
At midnight on March 25, New Zealand moved to the strictest level 4 lock, with people saying not to leave the house, except for the necessary exercise near the house, while maintaining social distance.
On April 9, despite the reduction in cases, Ardner intensified the border restrictions so that all citizens and permanent residents arriving in New Zealand were required to spend two weeks quarantined in an approved facility rather than at home.
Both countries have largely controlled the local hearths of Koranoia and have large tourism industries that have been severely affected by extensive travel restrictions.
However, Ardner warned Monday that such a corridor could still be months away.
“I don’t want to give a wrong start to New Zealand businesses or even kiwis who want to travel beyond the ditch. I’d rather share schedules when we have a lot more confidence,” he said.
“(Australia) is making progress from state to state, but it is not universal.”