Jacinda Ardern, the prime minister of New Zealand, has declared that her country is free from the deadly coronavirus and she has officially ended the lockdown in her country – much to the delight of New Zealanders.
There are, however, still stringent border controls in place which are intended to keep new cases of the deadly virus away from the country.
But robust social distancing methods have been lifted after health officials in the country confirmed that no new cases of COVID-19 had been detected.
During a press conference, Ms Ardern said that her country had:
“united in unprecedented ways to crush the virus”.
The popular prime minister has been praised for her government’s handling of the global pandemic, with the World Health Organisation also commending her administration of the emergency.
On the 25th March, New Zealand was put into lockdown for four weeks.
After that period, the restrictions slowly started to ease.
Meanwhile, in the UK, three months after the lockdown started, lockdown measures have only recently started to ease.
But from midnight tonight, all restrictions in New Zealand will be lifted.
Back in March, New Zealand had around 200 confirmed cases the virus. Even during its peak, only 1,500 cases were confirmed.
Twenty-two people in New Zealand died after contracting the virus.
That represents a figure of around 0.0000044% of the total population.
In the UK, over 40,000 people have died, which represents a figure of around 0.00061538% of the population – a mortality rate 1,398 times higher than New Zealand.
Scientists have said that the mortality rate in New Zealand could have been much higher had their government not have acted so swiftly.