While the rest of the world is still battling to control the coronavirus outbreak, New Zealand has marked 100 days without recording a single domestic transmission of COVID-19!
Since the start of this global pandemic, New Zealand has certainly led the way when it comes to dealing with the disease. The country has had only 1,219 infections and 22 deaths recorded since the start of the pandemic
However, despite not having any domestic cases, the country’s leading scientist has urged caution.
New Zealand Still Cautious
While speaking about the 100 day milestone, Director-General of Health Dr Ashley Bloomfield warned that as shown in a few other countries, the virus can return at any moment:
“Achieving 100 days without community transmission is a significant milestone, however, as we all know, we can’t afford to be complacent.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.”
Neighbouring country Australia is still battling to fight the disease. It recorded its deadliest day since the pandemic started, whereby 17 people died in Victoria between Saturday (8 August) and Sunday (9 August). It also recorded 394 new cases of Covid-19, including 174 cases from an unknown source.
Cases on The Rise In Australia
Due to the rise in cases, New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern announced that Australians would not be able to visit the country at least until the end of the year.
Ardern however refused to mention a specific date when that could be expected.
Arderns has become popular following her handling of the pandemic. New Zealanders have and continue to praise her leadership abilities. A poll from Newshub recently listed her as the most popular Kiwi leader in a century!