New Zealand’s COVID-19 eradication efforts have been so successful, there is now just one active case in the whole country.
Health officials announced the startling result on Friday as they also confirmed a seventh consecutive day without a positive test. Australia, by comparison, has 467 active cases although none in the ACT or NT.
The last remaining Kiwi with COVID-19 is an Auckland resident aged in their 50s, whose recovery will allow New Zealand to become the first country since the onset of the global pandemic to declare itself free of the disease.
On Friday, the NZ government relaxed its restrictions further, allowing gatherings of up to 100 people.
Finance Minister Grant Robertson said New Zealand “now has some of the most relaxed settings in the world”.
“Because of our success in fighting this virus, our public health efforts to go hard and go early have allowed us to open up our economy much quicker than many other countries,” he said.
“We are more liberal than Australia, Canada, Ireland, France, Italy, the Netherlands, the UK and the US to name a few.”
Pfff, “hard and early” my ass. In SA we’ll get a maximum of 50 ppl gatherings, you softees. 🙂 And the economy will never recover from this situation. 😮 Oooops.