There have been some amazing success stories from countries coping with Coronavirus, but few can have been as successful as New Zealand.
After undergoing a total lockdown, the country announced it had just five new Covid-19 cases on Monday. And that’s on top of single-figure cases in the last few days.
And due to those impressively small numbers, they’re slowly re-opening the country’s economy.
New Zealand slowly getting back to ‘normal’
From Tuesday, some non-essential businesses will open up alongside schools.
New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said: “We are opening up the economy, but we’re not opening up people’s social lives.”
New Zealand has reported fewer than 1,500 confirmed or probable cases of coronavirus and 19 deaths.
Director-General of Health Ashley Bloomfield said the low number of new cases in recent days “does give us confidence that we have achieved our goal of elimination”.
New Zealand were quick to impose strict measures on the country to halt the spread of Coronavirus. They put restrictions on travel and closed their borders straight when they had only a few dozen cases.
And they also brought in an excellent testing and contact-tracing operation to highlight were cases where occurring. Beaches, bars, playgrounds, offices and schools were closed on March 26.