Ki­wis free of coro­n­avirus

Jamaica Gleaner - - INTERNATIO­NAL -

WELLING­TON (AP):

NEW ZEALAND ap­pears to have com­pletely erad­i­cated the coro­n­avirus – at least for now – af­ter health of­fi­cials said on Mon­day that the last known in­fected per­son had re­cov­ered.

The an­nounce­ment was greeted with joy around the coun­try and means that the na­tion of five mil­lion peo­ple will be among the first to wel­come throngs of fans back into sports sta­di­ums, em­brace crowded con­certs, and re­move seat­ing re­stric­tions from flights.

It has been 17 days since the last new case was re­ported, dur­ing which time an ad­di­tional 40,000 peo­ple have been tested, bring­ing the to­tal num­ber tested to about 300,000. Mon­day marked the first time since late Fe­bru­ary that there have been no ac­tive cases.

Prime Min­is­ter Jacinda Ardern said she was con­fi­dent that New Zealand had halted the spread of the virus but that t still must be pre­pared for more.

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