(CNN) – After reporting the country that there are no active cases, Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern announced that all restrictions for coronaviruses in New Zealand will be lifted tomorrow.
However, social encouragement is still far from encouragement and Ardern said that New Zealand’s international borders will remain closed to non-residents to prevent new disease outbreaks. People arriving in New Zealand will have to be quarantined for two weeks.
There are currently no active cases of coronavirus in New Zealand, and no positive cases have been reported in the past 17 days. No one has been hospitalized for Covid-19 for the past 12 days, and 40 days have passed since the last community transition.
“This freedom from restrictions largely depends on the ongoing role that our border controls will play in keeping the virus away … the virus will be in our world for some time to come,” Arden told a news conference on Monday.
New Zealand’s closing schedule
New Zealand’s first case of coronavirus was confirmed on February 28 – more than a month after the United States confirmed its first infection.
On March 14, when the country had six cases, Ardern announced that anyone entering the country would need to isolate himself for two weeks, which at the time was among the strict border controls in the world. Foreigners were prevented from entering the country on March 20.
Days later, on March 23 – with no deaths and when there were 102 confirmed cases – Ardern announced that the country was entering into a “third level” insurance. Unnecessary work was closed, events and gatherings were canceled and schools closed to all children except for primary children.
Employers were told to allow work from home wherever possible, public transportation was reserved for essential workers, and discretionary internal air travel between regions was prohibited.
At midnight on March 25, New Zealand moved to the most stringent Level 4 closings, where people were asked not to leave the home except for basic exercise near the home, while maintaining the social dimension.
On April 9, despite the decrease in cases, Ardern tightened border restrictions until all citizens and permanent residents arriving in New Zealand were required to spend two weeks quarantined in an approved facility rather than home.
Travel bubble waving?
Both countries have mostly dominated outbreaks of domestic coronavirus and have large tourism industries, which have been severely affected by extensive travel restrictions.
However, Ardern warned on Monday that such a pass may still be months away.
“I don’t want the New Zealand companies or even the Kiwis who want to travel through the ditch get the wrong start. I prefer sharing schedules when we have more certainty,” she said.
(Australia) is making progress after another, but it is not global.