New Zealand reports no new cases of COVID-19
May 4, 2020 at 11:09 AM EDT – Updated May 4 at 11:09 AM
(AP) – For the first time since mid-March, New Zealand reported no new cases of the coronavirus.
It’s an indication the country’s bold strategy of trying to eliminate the virus is working.
New Zealand closed its borders and imposed a strict monthlong lockdown after the outbreak began.
It eased the rules a little last week to help reopen the economy.
While the COVID-19 case numbers in New Zealand are declining, today Jacinda Ardern reminded Kiwis of the importance of staying the course, and continuing to stay home, stick to our bubbles, and finish the job that we’ve started. pic.twitter.com/yJbGAroJ4W
— New Zealand Labour (@nzlabour) May 4, 2020
Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said a decision would be made next Monday on whether to ease the rules further.
“We cannot afford to squander the good work to date when our end goal is so close and within reach,” she said.
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