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New Zealand Has Eliminated COVID-19

The Kiwis are killing it right now.

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Guys, it finally happened. Middle Earth finally free of the Coronavirus pandemic. Of course, when we say Middle Earth, we actually mean New Zealand. They are now finally free of COVID-19 And instead of thanking Gandalf, we should be thanking their Prime Minister, Jacinda Ardern.

New Zealand is now open, says Ardern

New Zealand Has Eliminated COVID-19
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In a recent press conference, Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern declared New Zealand free of COVID-19. She explained that there are no active cases in New Zealand, after having tested almost 40,000 people for COVID-19 in the past 17 days. Moreover, the country has had no one in hospital for COVID-19 in 12 days. It’s been 40 days since the last case of community transmission, 22 days since that person finished their self-isolation.

As a result, Ardern happily announced that New Zealand is free of COVID-19 and will now open completely:

And so today, I can announce that cabinet has agreed we will now move to level 1 to get our economy fully open again and we will start almost immediately. We move down to COVID-19 alert level 1 from midnight tonight.

Moreover, Ardern even “did a little dance” when she found out that there were no Coronavirus patients in the country. But, she stressed that elimination doesn’t mean the virus has ended. She was certain that the virus will find its way back to New Zealand:

We almost certainly will see cases here again. That is not a sign that we have failed, it is a reality of this virus. But if and when that occurs, we have to make sure, and we are, that we are prepared.

For that, Jacinda Ardern has made sure that the borders of New Zealand are tightly monitored. She wants to be sure that COVID-19 isn’t imported from other countries into the country. That is the only way New Zealand can make sure it can remain safe from any massive outbreak or local transmission.

The country gets a lot of praise

Recently, Kumail Nanjiani praised New Zealand by calling it Middle Earth. This was after news came that NZ had no COVID-19 cases for 5 straight days. Of course, they’ve outdone themselves now by having no cases at all. Furthermore, the shooting of Avatar 2 and Lord of the Rings series will also begin soon ever since the film industry was reopened. Now that New Zealand is Coronavirus free, we hope it remains so for them. And it looks likely as long as Jacinda Ardern is their leader.

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