Mumbai: New Zealand on Sunday marked 100 days in the community with no recorded cases of coronaviruses but health officials warned that there was no room for complacency.
There are still 23 active cases, but all are found at the border when entering the country and are being held in managed isolation facilities.
“Ashley Bloomfield said,” Receiving 100 days without community broadcasting is an important milestone, however, as we all know, we cannot remain complacent.
“We have seen abroad how quickly the virus can re-emerge and spread to places where it was already under control, and we need to be prepared to quickly fix any future cases in New Zealand.”
New Zealand, with a population of five million, has gained widespread acclaim for the effective handling of coronavirus since its borders were closed on 19 March.
The World Health Organization has praised the country as an example to others for “successfully ending community dissemination”.
Since the first patient was diagnosed in February, there have been 1,219 confirmed cases of the virus in New Zealand, with the last case of community transmission recorded on 1 May.
The government has maintained the possibility of a second wave and is pushing for emergency supply kits, including masks, to all households.