The New Zealand government will lift the lockdown it imposed on Sunday after a single new case of coronavirus was detected in the country's largest city, Auckland, New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Arden said today.
The Prime Minister imposed seven-day locksmith in this city of 2 million last Saturday, continuing its "go hard, go on time" approach to tackling the new coronavirus crisis.
Two more cases of domestic transmission were recorded afterwards, but no new cases have been reported in the last five days.
"We may not be in the disastrous position that much of the rest of the world is in, but an elimination strategy causes a sense of hard work and it is perfectly normal for someone to feel tired," Ardern told a news conference today.
"COVID is hard work for everyone. "Thank you for coping once again," he added.
Ardern's approach is credited with making New Zealand one of the most successful countries in the world in controlling the spread of the new coronavirus. However, the recent closure provoked criticism on social media, as various cultural and sporting events had to be canceled.
Ardern added that Auckland will move to the second level of alarm after the lockdown is lifted at 06:00 local time on Sunday (19:00 Greek time on Saturday), while now it is in the third level of alarm, according to which it is claimed by the world. to stay home when not at work or school.
The rest of the country will move to the first alarm level, which is the lowest.
New Zealand has recorded just over 2.000 new coronavirus cases and 26 deaths from COVID-19 since the pandemic broke out.