As countries around the world continue to struggle with the COVID-19 pandemic, New Zealand has declared that it is coronavirus free now.
The country has zero active cases of the deadly disease and has lifted almost all the restrictions imposed to eliminate the virus, including the need to maintain social distance and avoid public gatherings.
"While we are in a safer, stronger position, there's no easy path back to pre-COVID life," PM Ardern said while announcing the country is coronavirus-free. However, she said, "The determination we have had on our health response will now be vested in our economic rebuild."
The country established a four-tier response system and started with level 4, which required maximum restrictions. Now, it has moved to level 1 and opened all economic activities, including schools, weddings, funerals, and public transport, just like it was before the beginning of the crisis.