- “Achieving 100 days without community transmission is a significant milestone, however, as we all know, we can’t afford to be complacent.”
- The final diagnosis of COVID-19 in New Zealand was on May 1.
- Jacinda Arden, the Prime Minister of New Zealand, launched her campaign for reelection on Saturday.
New Zealand just marked 100 days without any local coronavirus infections in the country, but officials warned against complacency and the lessening of preventative measures. New Zealand, with a population of 5 million inhabitants, had 1,219 confirmed cases of coronavirus since February and 22 deaths.
“Achieving 100 days without community transmission is a significant milestone, however, as we all know, we can’t afford to be complacent,” director-general of health Ashley Bloomfield said.
“We have seen overseas how quickly the virus can re-emerge and spread in places where it was previously under control, and we need to be prepared to quickly stamp out any future cases in New Zealand.”
The final diagnosis of COVID-19 in New Zealand was on May 1. The World Health Organization (WHO) has since dubbed the country exemplary for “successfully eliminating transmission in the population.”
New Zealand closed its borders on March 19. Anyone entering the country is subjected to a period of 14 days in quarantine. The government has maintained the prospect of a second wave remains a possibility, and is pushing for all households to keep emergency supply kits, including masks.
The COVID-19 pandemic has caused more than 730,000 deaths and infected nearly 20 million people in 196 countries and territories, according to a report prepared by the French news agency, AFP. The disease is transmitted by a new coronavirus, detected in late December last year in Wuhan, China.
After Europe overtook China as the epicenter of the pandemic in February, the American continents are now the home to the most confirmed cases of infection and the most deaths.
Jacinda Ardern Launches Campaign for Reelection
Jacinda Arden, the Prime Minister of New Zealand, celebrated worldwide as an example in the fight against the pandemic of the new coronavirus, launched her campaign for reelection on Saturday.
In power since October 2017, the Prime Minister currently leads the polls for the September 19 legislative elections, when New Zealanders are scheduled to choose the 120 members of the House of Representatives.
Until the beginning of the year, the polls showed a balanced contest between the Prime Minister’s center-left Labour Party and the center-right National Party. However, Ardern’s popularity rose, owing to her impressive and strategic battle with the COVID-19 pandemic.
Today, she enjoys more than 50% solid support. Under her leadership, New Zealand has emerged as one of the most successful countries in combating the new coronavirus.
“When people ask, is this a COVID election, my answer is yes, it is,” Ms Ardern, 40, told her supporters gathered in Auckland for the launch of her Labour Party’s re-election campaign.
The prime minister pledged a $205 million plan to create 40,000 jobs and stimulate post-pandemic economic recovery.
“The new flexi-wage scheme is a key plank of our economic plan to support businesses to recover and to provide jobs to those who have lost work due to COVID,” said the Prime Minister.